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South Road trail plans continue to bring controversy By Valerie Werkmeister The Posey County Commissioners saved the best topics for their final meeting of the year. The commissioners met Tuesday, December 17, and discussed a number of topics to a filled meeting room. Most of those in attendance were there for the public hearing and final ruling on a petition to vacate South Road in New Harmony, a subject of much controversy for the town. Similar to a courtroom proceeding, three attorneys and several individuals were allowed to speak their case without a time limit cap. Each attorney was also given additional time for rebuttals. The process was lengthy and consumed most of the morning agenda for the commissioners. The public hearing was held after months of research following the petition to request the county vacate the road was filed on June 17, by Don and Virginia Alsop, Alvin and Jennifer Blaylock and Janice Heinlin. The three parties were represented by attorney Beth McFadin-Higgins. A remonstrance to the petition was filed by Jonathan Scott and David Flanders on June 28, who was represented by attorney Nathan Maudlin. Nancy Defries also opposed the petition to vacate South Road and was represented by the third attorney, Mike Schopmeyer of Kahn, Dees, Donovan and Kahn. At issue was whether South Road was considered a county road and if not, who owned it. During Higgins’ opening statements, she noted a 1976 court judgment in which it was ruled as a county road. County records also date the road back to 1835 in which it was initially referenced as a road. However, Higgins quickly pointed out the county had abandoned the road and it has never been fully used by the public as such. Trees have grown in its path and the rough terrain is described as hilly with ditches. The adjacent landowners are the only ones who use the road as a means to access their property. Higgins cited a court case, Lewis J. and Laurel Richardson vs. Board of Commissioners of Owen County, IN, that she felt set precedence for the

Briefly Posey County News holiday hours The Posey County News office will be closed Tuesday, December 24 thru Friday, December 27. We will re-open at 9 a.m. Monday, December 30. We will also be closed January 1, 2014. Recycling Centers closed for holidays The Mount Vernon and Poseyville Recycling Centers will be closed, Tuesday, December 24. The Cynthiana Recycling Center will be closed Wednesday, December 25 and Wednesday, January 1. Oeth issues caution for drivers Somewhere between three and six inches of rain fell on most of Posey County in a relatively short time. Several roads were under water and the Posey County Sheriff’s Department issued the following statement near the end of the rain. The Posey County Sheriff’s Department has been monitoring roadways throughout the county as drainage ditches are reaching conditions that are at or near overflowing levels. Presently there are reports of water pooling over State Road 165 near Poseyville, State Road 68 near the State Road 69 intersection, and State Road 65 near Cynthiana. Deputies are also reporting that a number of secondary roads in northern Posey County are plagued with spots of standing water. High water signs have been placed on various roads. Ford Road between Upper Mount Vernon and Wolfe Road has been closed. Posey County Sheriff Greg Oeth, urges motorists who are traveling on the above named highways, and on all secondary roads, to drive with extreme caution. Speed should be reduced to prevent hydroplaning. Do not drive through flooded areas. If you encounter a flooded-out road, turn around. Find another route to your destination. Even if the water appears shallow enough to cross, don’t try it. Water hides the condition of the road. Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control or possible stalling. One foot of water will float many automobiles. Two feet of rushing water can sweep away most all vehicles including SUVs and pick-up trucks. As of Sunday evening, no injuries or deaths had been reported due to the water but several cars and other vehicles were stranded in deep water on roadways. The rain this weekend followed five to nine inches of snow just last weekend.

South Road vacation request. “This was a case where there was a cemetery and some parents of a child that was buried in that cemetery objected to the vacation of a road that went to that cemetery. There were other roads that went into the cemetery. They didn’t have standing because they were not abutting landowners as Mr. Bender had indicated. But also, this road had been abandoned. On page 11 of that case, it says, ‘in essence of the county’s abandonment in decades of non-use have disengaged this roadbed from the active county highway system.’” Higgins pointed out that this case dealt with only decades of non-use but in the case of South Road, it hasn’t been used as a public way in 178 years. “We’re asking to vacate something that on paper says South Road is a county road. But is it a public way today? No, no one is traversing on South Road, other than my clients, the Heinlin’s and the Alsop’s to get to their houses,” Higgins said. Posey County Highway Superintendent Steve Schenk also stated for the record that South Road is not recognized by the state as a road. It is not listed on the county’s inventory of roads and as such, Posey County does not receive any funds for its maintenance. Higgins also clarified that her clients did not file the petition to stop any projects or the golf cart trail in New Harmony. Their petition was filed after the New Harmony Park Board had removed South Road from the scope of their trail project. She added that her clients were also willing to grant any and all necessary easements for property access the town may need when completing the storm water project. Higgins explained the four points of Indiana Code 36-7-3-13 that commissioners had to follow during their consideration of the vacation request. The code states: A remonstrance or objection permitted by Section 11 or 12 of this chapter may be filed or raised by any person aggrieved by the proposed

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Black Chapel’s inaugural Drive-Through Nativity delighted visitors on Sunday night. The free event was fully staffed, with 25 costumed volunteers, two lambs, two sheep, two donkeys and two camels working throughout the evening to spread Christmas cheer to Posey County. Seen here is (l-r) Tom Hartmann, Andy McFadin, Allen Stevens, Diane Banks, Sam Banks and Pastor Jim Stauber. Costumes were created by Nancy Hasting and Debbie Topper. Photo by Zach Straw

Posey Council does clean-up By Valerie Werkmeister The Posey County Council met Tuesday, December 10, and heard requests for a number of transfers and additional appropriations. They also heard a request from Sheriff Greg Oeth to clarify whether he is able to pay a full-time administrative staff member overtime pay from the sheriff’s department overtime fund. Oeth stated he has one full-time staff member that, on occasion, is needed to work an hour or two of overtime. As a general rule, county clerical employees are asked to take comp time instead of receiving overtime pay. Oeth explained that since he has cut back on part-time staff, it doesn’t help his office if he must grant comp time to this employee.

Council members agreed and gave Oeth approval to pay his full-time clerical staff overtime. The council also agreed to a new procedure on providing consent for purchases Oeth makes using a discretionary fund from his Commissary budget. Attorney Beth McFadinHiggins explained the sheriff is allowed by state law to operate and spend funds out of his Commissary budget as he sees fit. He is not required to obtain prior approval to spend those funds. Oeth does give the council reports twice a year on the expenditures he has made using Commissary funds. However, there are a few exceptions in the discretionary fund that require prior council consent.

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Mount Vernon takes care of 2013 By Lois Mittino Gray Calling it a “clean up the end of the year meeting,” the Mount Vernon Common Council acted on many items including account transfers to make sure all bills were paid and all accounts in balance by years end. Attorney Beth McFadin Higgins said that no new money was involved, just shifts in what funds the money goes into so the resolution passed unanimously. Boy scouts from troop 375 introduced themselves as they came to watch the meeting working on merit badge requirements. Street and Light Chairman Andy Hoehn reported his de-

partment has had a very busy week with the heavy snows, but they did an exceptional job. They were some breakdowns, but things were solved. Councilman Steve Fuelling proposed making snow removal easier by working on a plan to have cars park on one side of the street one day, and switch off another day. Work will be done on planning with Street Commissioner Max Dieterle to designate actual snow removal routes and incorporate it into an ordinance. In other board action:

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Mount Vernon to add college prep classes By Lois Mittino Gray The Mount Vernon School Board met in a regular meeting on Monday, December 16, but dubbed it a ‘local holiday’ as it was School Superintendent Tom Kopatich’s birthday. Board President Kathy Weinzapfel and others lauded him with well wishes. They began by honoring Spring Boys golfer Mitchell Jackson for making Big 8 All Conference and Fall Girls golfer Hayley Salaman for making Academic All State. The end of the year meeting dealt in purchasing new school buses, adding new courses and shuffling sub-accounts to make all books balance in the proper funds.

Two new school buses are on the way, but it may be spring before they are delivered. The board accepted a bid from Kerlin Bus Sales for two 84-passenger transit school buses with two-way radios. Total cost for the duo is $199,405.80 to be paid from the Bus Replacement Fund as already budgeted. The board granted permission to add these recommended new courses: Advanced Science, Special Topics: Organic and Biochemistry; Agricultural Education: Leadership Development in Action; and Business Math. Permission was given to remake Marketing Seminar, a two-semester course, into two separate one-semester courses. One will be entitled Sports and Entertainment Marketing and the other

Marketing in Hospitality and Tourism. In other board matters: • In personnel matters, the board confirmed the employment of Chad Hoskins as an Information Systems Specialist and Mary Suzanne McCune as a School Secretary/Information Systems. To do the switch, they accepted the resignation from Chad Hoskins as a teacher assistant effective immediately. Seven personnel were given permission to attend educational meetings. • amended the Bostick-Steinmetz Scholarship agreement to add, as part of the eligibility and cri-

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North Posey’s FCA taking active role By Dave Pearce There are a lot of opportunities available at a smaller country school that sometimes are not available at larger city schools. The North Posey High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes has taken the opportunity to expand and make a good name for itself early this year under the leadership of Kasey Duncan, a first-year teacher at the high school. The efforts of the new teacher have so impressed one of the students and members of the club that he asked that the paper print some information about the club and what it has been able to achieve in just a few months. Although the student asked to remain anonymous, he plays two sports at the school. And despite the name, the young man asked that other students be reminded that you don’t necessarily have to be involved in the school’s athletic programs to become an active part of the group. “At school we have a small club called ‘Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ (also known as FCA). Even though it seems it would only be for athletes that is not the case; we have many kids in the club who are not athletes, but want to be part of a club that expresses their religion (which is perfectly fine),” the young man said. “FCA is a small club and we would like to get more members, that is why I am asking for your

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North Posey’s FCA sponsor Kasey Duncan. help. Everyone in Poseyville, even if they do not subscribe to it, somehow finds a way to read the Posey County News; saying it is the best way to get information out to people. And, I am sure you get requests like this all the time so if you are unable to include this in your paper I am perfectly fine with it and completely understand.” But the club has been incredibly active this year. While Duncan attended nearby Princeton High

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School, she was never afraid or ashamed to let her friends and her community know about her faith. She attended Alcorn State University where she was a member of the softball team there. She continued to be a walking witness of her inside faith. “In high school, I attended the meetings but it really wasn’t a big deal,” Duncan said of the organization. “We had a meeting once a month or so but we never really had the opportunity to get involved with charity events or anything like that. And even in college, we had some Bible studies and things like that but there really wasn’t a main group to be a part of.” So Duncan wants to make it easier for North Posey High School students to express their faith and learn more than she had the opportunity to do. Knowing that another Gibson County High School graduate had been the sponsor last year, she expressed an interest when she realized that Leah Stormont had been last year’s sponsor before she accepted a position with another school corporation this year. “I had taken on her other jobs so I thought I might as well take that one on too,” Duncan said with an infectious smile. “Dr. Strieter said I was the first to offer to take it over so I was pleased. Even though we are not allowed to promote the Christian aspect and

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OBITUARIES Shirley Greenwell Shirley F. Greenwell, 75 of Mount Vernon, died Tuesday evening, December 17, 2013 at Mount Vernon Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. She was born on June 2, 1938 in Calhoun, Ky., the daughter of Harrison and Od Mae M (All Wil Oda (Allen)) Wilson. She married Charles Leeroy Greenwell, Sr. on January 10, 1959 in Carmi, and he preceded her in death on October 31, 2011. She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Janet Greenwell of Mount Vernon; seven grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; two sisters, Margie Conley of Ohio and Imogene Thomas of Evansville. She was preceded in death by one brother, Gerald R. Wilson and two sisters, Myrl Shelton and Ann Elizabeth Wilson. Funeral services will be held at Noon on Friday, December 20, 2013 at Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Mount Vernon. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be in Bellefontaine Cemetery. On-line condolences may be left at

‘Posey County Cleanup’ continued ffrom A1 In order to stay in compliance with Indiana State Board of Accounts guidelines, Oeth suggested that he appear in front of the council in January in order to provide an idea of the purchases he’d like to make. He gave an example of what he has used the funds for in the past. His department hosted a critical incident response training session in which he paid for all costs associated with the training. The council agreed it was a good idea to schedule Oeth to report to the council each January to provide the council with the additional information and receive prior consent for certain purchases. Council members approved E-911 Director Sabrina Harms’ request to accept a $78,652 reimbursement from the insurance company for the lightning strike dispatch sustained earlier this year. The council approved a large additional appropriations request from the Posey County Commissioners. The $80,000 request was necessary to cover additional expenses for the expired Social Security tax cut. At the time the budget was drawn up, it was unknown the tax cut would not be renewed. There was a two percent shortfall that needed to be covered through the end of the year. Also under additional appropriations, the highway department requested permission to appropriate $225,000 back into their budget. The funds were received from the Economic Development Income Tax and the request was a formality for the highway department to be able to spend the funds. A large number of transfer requests were processed for various departments. The Circuit Court requested $15.16 transferred from repair of equipment fund to the office supplies fund and $390 transferred from that same fund to pauper attorney fees. The council approved their request. Assessor Nancy Hoehn requested the approval of a $10,000 transfer from her sales disclosures budget line to the county IT

‘South Road Trail’ continued from A1 vacation, but only on one or more of the following grounds: (1) The vacation would hinder the growth or orderly development of the unit or neighborhood in which it is located or to which it is contiguous. (2) The vacation would make access to the lands of the aggrieved person by means of public way difficult or inconvenient. (3) The vacation would hinder the public’s access to a church, school, or other public building or place. (4) The vacation would hinder the use of a public way by the neighborhood in which it is located or to which it is contiguous. According to Higgins, the only property owners who utilize South Road to regularly access their property are the Heinlins and the Alsops. The others are able to gain access via alternate routes. She maintained the road is not a public way and therefore the above points did not apply. Attorney Schopmeyer asked the commissioners to reject the vacation request. He stated his appearance marked the third occasion in which the Defries and Indian Mounds, LLC had to defend their property. He pointed out the Posey County courts and the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled against vacating the road in the past. He pointed out there are many towns in Indiana that have platted roads that are now covered in trees. He felt Higgins presented testimony that confused the laws that deal with easements and the process of abandonment. “If you look at the establishments that have been entered by the courts of this county as well as the Court of Appeals, that road was clearly established, again by the genius of the surveyor Mr. Owen, and the descriptions for the properties here all show a South Road. Again, abandonment/non-use is meaningless,” Schopmeyer said. “It’s only a question of the four points that were read to you by counselor, in which we provided affidavits but they’ll also testify to say that it’s important to the public use that access may be needed and all four of the criteria of 36-7 again, as it were in 2005, have been met and there should be no vacation of this roadway,” he added. Schopmeyer cautioned, “If you vacate this road, the town will have to pay for an easement for that storm water drainage project.” He acknowledged that the property owners could donate access to the town for the storm water project as they had already indicated they would do if the road is vacated, but that would be unnecessary since easements were already in place. Tom Smith of Indian Mound Farms, LLC told the commissioners that South Road was the best option the company has to harvest timber from its land. “South Road gives us access to that side of the farm with minimal damage to the rest of the state roads,” Smith said. Nancy DeFries told the commissioners they bought their property knowing they were guaranteed access by public law through the courts. She stated they don’t need to use South Road to gain entry to their home now, but at some point in the future they may want to do more with their lower pasture area. She said South Road was cleared 17 years ago when utilities were installed for their home. “Gentlemen, I beg you to please make this final and us not to have to see each other again,” Defries said. “I ask that this not be vacated or ruled that it would be closed.” Attorney Nathan Maudlin spoke on behalf of his clients, David Flanders and Jonathan Scott, who also oppose the vacation of the road. Maudlin presented a petition signed by 42 residents who also opposed the measure. Maudlin maintained the commissioners didn’t have jurisdiction to make a ruling on the petition since they did not hold a public hearing within 30 days of the filing of the petition. Attorney William H. Bender questioned Maudlin as to whether his clients requested a public hearing be held within 30 days. Maudlin responded it was not their obligation to do so as the statute speaks for itself. “But you wouldn’t criticize the commissioners for trying to allow the parties to settle this matter without a hearing,” Bender said. “Again, no I wouldn’t criticize the commissioners. But the commissioners are bound by the same laws all of us are. And

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Susan L. Klenck, 74, of Wadesville, passed away Saturday, December 21, 2013, at Deaconess Gateway Hospital. She was born March 19, 1939, in Wadesville, to the late Wilburn Sr. and Mary Margaret (Miesel) Motz. Sh retired ti d ffrom G She George Koch & Sons in 2003 after 27 years as an Engineering Executive Assistant. She was a member of Wadesville Christian Church. She served several years as the church recording secretary and loved helping with the Day Care and Bible school programs. She loved spending time with her grandkids and family and loved to shop, always trying to find the perfect deal. She enjoyed going to the River Boat with her brother, Bill, and also enjoyed collecting rocks from all over the world. Susan was loved by everyone and will be greatly missed. Susan is survived by her son, David (Kara) Overton of Avon, Ind; daughter, Elizabeth (Tim) Damm of Wadesville; brother, Wilburn Motz, Jr. of Wadesville; and grandchildren, Alexa and Kyler Overton and Karly Damm. Services will be 11 a.m. Friday, December 27, 2013, at Alexander West Chapel, officiated by Rev. Mary Hurley, with burial in St. Peters United Church of Christ Cemetery. Friends may visit Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Wadesville Christian Church. Condolences may be made online at j i ffices are chipping hi i in i to help h l fund f d the h project. Various county offi technology services desperately needed at this time. The commissioners requested a $2,244 transfer from county general office supplies fund to the IT project for the same reason. In addition, they requested a total of $82,228.30 be transferred from several county general accounts to the Public Employee Retirement Fund (PERF). Auditor Nick Wildeman explained the shortfall is due to the unknown budget amount the state will set the PERF. The budgets are prepared in August and the PERF amount is not set until the beginning of each year. The council approved the request. Dispatch requested four transfers - $3,000 from the overtime fund to the machinery and equipment fund, $2,000 from E-911 1222 part-time fund to machine and equipment fund and $6,000 from 1222 dispatch to machine and equipment to purchase a new generator. The fourth transfer request was in the amount of $2,000 from the office supply fund to the service agreement fund. All requests were approved. Two highway department transfers, $8,500 from motor vehicle hospital group to motor vehicle gas fund and $1,000 from motor vehicle PERF to other services and charges were approved. The Solid Waste department requested three transfers totaling $25,000 to various funds. Oeth requested transfers totaling $22,167 from various funds to the vehicles and supplies fund. In addition, a $732 transfer from training to the capital fund was also approved. Oeth also commended the work of the highway department in clearing the snow-covered roads. Many of the county roads were in better driving condition than state roads. The next meeting will be held Tuesday, January 14, at 9 the Hovey House in Mount Vernon. the legislature has spoken as to when such a hearing like this can occur and what the time frames are. And the reason for this is the subject matter. The petitioners are asking this commission to give public land to them. That’s a big deal in our society. The legislature has put specific rules that govern that practice and those rules must be followed,” Maudlin replied. Bender argued that more time would be beneficial so the commissioners could receive public input. “It seems like 30 days is short,” Bender said. “That’s a question for the legislature. Not for this body,” Maudlin said. “Petitions to vacate public property are not favored by the law. They shouldn’t be. What the petitioners are asking you to do is to take property away from the public and give it to them. It’s quite that simple. That is not favored by the law,” Maudlin said. David Flanders also spoke and addressed Bender’s point regarding the time frame. He reminded the commissioners he had appeared at the October 1, commissioner’s meeting and had brought it to their attention it had been 106 days since the filing of the petition and that they had missed the 30 day time frame. “I was not party to any agreements to postponing that time frame or reaching an alternative date for this hearing,” Flanders added. Flanders and his partner operate a bed and breakfast, Cooks on Brewery, and believe that their clients could benefit with the future expansion of the golf cart trail to South Road.

Virginia Eileen DeFries left her earthly body behind and went home to God on Dec. 23, 2013. She was born in Melvin, Ill. on Jan. 14, 1925 to Frank and Mamie Mikeworth. She was married to Raymond DeFries on Dec. 3 1944. 1944 She Sh lived li d on the th family f 3, farm near Melvin, Ill., until she moved to New Harmony, Ind in 1996 to be near her son, Dr. Roy DeFries, and his family. During WWII, she worked at an airplane assembly plant. Many years were devoted to being a busy mother and wife on the farm. Later, when her children were older, she began a career in the post office, and rose to become a manager in the Champaign, Ill., district before her retirement. She loved children, and was happiest when spending time being a grandmother. She loved travel, and especially enjoyed visiting parks to enjoy the beauties of nature. Virginia spent many hours walking the town of New Harmony with her dog Chipper and she was a docent for the Cathedral Labyrinth in New Harmony. She was a woman of God, and spent much time in Bible study. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1992; brothers Wesley, Raymond, Elvin, Roger, Dennis and Homer; sisters Bethel and Mary. She is survived by her son and two daughters; Roy (Nancy) DeFries of New Harmony, Eileen (Brian) Chase of Ft. Collins, Colo., Carolyn (Dennis) Baran of Colorado Springs, Colo. She has eight grandchildren (Katie DeFries, Lora DeFries Arneberg, Sean and Kevin Chase, Philip, Josh, and Stephen Baran, and Christy Homer), and nine great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Lloyd Mikeworth of Onarga, Ill. There will be a private service and burial at a later time in Melvin, Ill. Memorial contributions can be made to a charity of your choice, or to the New Harmonie Healthcare resident golf cart fund (checks payable to Jennifer Gardner/Activity Director: 251 State Road 66, New Harmony, IN, 47631)

THE POSEY COUNTY NEWS Where obituaries are still free! Send them to... Commissioner president Carl Schmitz questioned why the town hadn’t annexed South Road. New Harmony Town Council President Joe Straw responded the town had already secured the necessary easements for the storm water project and annexation was not necessary. Jim Alsop was the first of the commissioners to express his opinion on the matter. He explained that as a New Harmony resident, he had neighbors and family members directly involved in this matter. “I firmly believe that either way we go with this, it’s going to be appealed. I don’t want that, my relationship with either side to be a part of the appeals process. With that being said, I’m not stepping down. I was elected by the people of Posey County to make tough decisions and the tough decisions we have to make, I’ve always been told to try to do the right thing the right way. That’s what I’m going to base my thoughts on,” Alsop said. “Why should we have a county road to go nowhere and do nothing when an easement granted by the property owners can serve the same purpose,” Schmitz questioned. He asserted that golf carts will never be allowed on South Road. It is against state law to operate a golf cart on county roads. Ultimately, all three commissioners voted in favor of the petition to vacate South Road. “We do hope that you will give them easements into their properties and that you give the town of New Harmony free access to the water drainage and that there would be no money exchanged in either one of these transactions,” Schmitz said.

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Jean Groves is all smiles after trading gifts with the ladies of The Charles Ford Memorial Home on Friday afternoon. Photos by Zach Straw

Clif ‘The Drifter’ Duckworth entertained guests with Wilma Joyce Bailey stands proudly next to one of the old time Christmas carols during the The Charles Ford many trees she decorated for the Ford Home. She’s helped Home’s annual company Christmas party. decorate for over 25 years.

Christmas is a time to remember, but to move on Madeleine, in the past few weeks, we have discussed many different Christmas traditions; trimming the tree, sending cards, and gift shopping. Suddenly, the big day is here, and it will quickly pass by once again. For many people, this is a time to remember and celebrate the birth of the Christ child. For others, it mainly means parties, gifts, and waiting for Santa. I personally believe that Christmas is all of that, and much more. It is a time to embrace traditions and family and to be very grateful for the good things in our lives and to show appreciation to those who enrich our days. Writing down many memories for you, and for others to share is at its most importance during the holidays. As I have

gone about all of the rituals of Christmas, I, as always, revis-


ited many happy times in my mind. Everyone surely has a set of such memories that they will always think back on. Even as years and decades swiftly pass by, and the world changes, each new generation creates their own. One of my best memories from childhood is about the Christmas program at the Cynthiana Christian Church. This simple old brick church is

‘North Posey FCA’ continued from A1 praying in school, I thought it was a good opportunity for those who wanted to learn more about it.” The first meeting was held in October and meets every Wednesday morning before school (at around 7:40). “We’ve had different things each time. We’ve discussed fear and then being thankful,” she said. “Then we had a couple members of our group come up and give their testimonies and interact with the group. Then, just in the past couple of weeks, we got involved with Operation Christmas Child. According to the anonymous member, “FCA is a small group that just completed a huge task. It is called “Operation Christmas Child.” That is a project FCA took on to help unfortunate children around the world to have a Christmas to remember. What we did was filled shoeboxes with candy, toys, school supplies, hygiene supplies, etc. Then we sent them off around the world to families who do not have enough to give their children Christmas presents. FCA announced this to North Posey High School not knowing what kind of result we would get. Some members didn’t even know if we would get seven boxes full. Well it turned out that we got about 46 boxes full of supplies so children would have a Christmas to remember. That sounds great right? So why am I still praising North Posey and its community? Well we got all of the supplies, but we also needed $7 per box for shipping. We got the news out that we were way short on money donations, and again North Posey and its community responded heavily donating right and left. We easily made our goal and had money left over. This money will be sent to the founders of Operation Christmas Child to get more gifts and supply for shipping. FCA, North Posey, and the Posey County community ended up raising over $1,000. Ms. Duncan, a new teacher (her first year), took on the job of being the sponsor of FCA. Some people thought with her being new the first year would most likely be a slow boring year, because she has to get used to everything and all. Well those people were wrong. She has set up this project and has showed her faith to the members of FCA by caring for each and everyone of them, and the rest of North Posey and its community. Ms. Duncan may be a newcomer, but she has definitely acted as a veteran so far, and I doubt we will look back. “We want people to know they can join even if they are not athletes and it looks great on a resume aside from being a great way to express your fait,” the member said. “We want this to be a club that is talked about around North Posey.” Following the letter from the anonymous member, Duncan explained that once all was said and done, the group had raised over $1500 to send the gifts. A total of 47 shoe boxes were sent. The entire school had an opportunity to contribute. “The winning class was actually my first period homeroom class,” Duncan said proudly. “They raised over $900 in toys and donations.” Duncan said that like other organizations, the students have many activities available to them. She also knows that several students have expressed an interest but the FCA meets at the same time as some other activity in which they are involved. Nonetheless, she invites all students to come and check out this organization. “We actually read out of the Bible and talk about our faith,” Duncan said. “Hopefully we will have even better numbers next semester. We have a good core group. I grew up in the Catholic Church and all the way through high school and college, I knew the importance of my faith. I know there are a lot of children who never get the opportunity to hear the word or have always been blind-sided by it. I think it is important that we give them that chance.” For more information about the organization, contact Duncan at North Posey High School. “For me, my faith was really opened up when I was going through college,” she explained. “Being on your own, there are struggles and tribulations that you go through,” Duncan said. “Just knowing that you have someone to turn to is so reassuring. I think it is important for the students to know that.”

Birthdays December 24 - John Becher, Darla Chapman, Nikki Nelson, Steven Douglas York December 25 - Steve Alsop, Jessica Bannon, Chelsea Pfister, Tonya Ricketts, Billy C. Williams, Debbie Woodruff, Mark Crews, Hisham Madi, Trevor Purkiser December 26 - Rodney M. Cox, Noelle Meyer, Wyatt Stafford, Lori Stallings, Amelia Wilderman, Cory Vance, Amanda Wilson December 27 - Tammy Mills, Barbara Moore, Manuel Ramirez, Shawna Wilson, Loren Redburn, Marcy

Wolfersheim, Violet Fenton, Morgan Ray, Austin Rice December 28 - Jane Bauer, Kathy Crocker, Shane Patrick Harris, Zachary Ralph, Paula Alldredge, Chelsea Pfister, Hunter Clifford, Addison Lange December 29 - Don Sowder, Beth Roby December 30 - Abigail M. Armstrong, Timoth Stone Oglesby If you have a name to be included in the birthday calendar, please send to: Posey County News, P.O. Box 397, New Harmony, IN 47631 or email:

far from some of the massive and impressive structures that exist now. But it was where a congregation of friends of all ages gathered each Sunday and I can picture them now. For several weeks, a group of us met there to ‘practice’ for the annual program. There were the Zuber sisters, who had musical talent and played the piano and the organ, as well as several others. Home crafted ‘costumes’ made us into angels, shepherds, or wise men. We had small speaking parts, and learned once again the old carols. Finally, the evening arrived, and we nervously waited in the back, whispering to each other. All too soon, it was over and nearly time to go home. However, first, Santa had to appear, with simple brown paper bags of ‘goodies.’ One of the local merchants had donated these treats, and we eagerly looked forward to their simple contents. They contained unwrapped Christmas hard candy, which inevitably stuck to the sack. A handful of peanuts, an orange, and a candy cane made it complete. Despite the simplicity of them, the bags were treasured. Santa made

sure that all of the children received a bag, and then gave some to the giggling older ladies, who were delighted, also. With Merry Christmas on our lips to everyone, and the last carol still ringing in our ears, we went out into the cold starry night. When I was a little older, I can remember lingering on the church steps, and taking a look back, wishing for this time to not be over. Somehow, I sensed that this was a precious and magical time that would be so fleeting, and life would change. I was so right. My childhood turned into adulthood, and soon, I was a young wife and mother, and that time came with its own set of memories. We spent every Christmas Eve in Owensboro, Kentucky, with the Powers side of the family, gathering at Don’s grandmother’s home. I remember those long cold midnight rides back to Poseyville, with sleeping little ones. Grandma Lucile also came in her own car, and spent a week with us. Those times also passed by all too soon. I remember carrying in my half-awake children,

and tucking them into their beds. It was only a few hours until Christmas morning, and everyone ran to see what Santa had left under the tree. Grandma Madeleine arrived, and we opened gifts. I guess that on some level, I knew that these years also, would become only memories. My babies would be adults with homes and children of their own, and the grandmothers would be gone. After the day ended, and a strangely quiet Christmas Day night arrived, I always wondered what changes the new year would bring. I pictured all of the events and seasons that would have to happen before Christmas was to return. Times change, as they should, and while it is important to think back on the past, we should celebrate every precious holiday season that we are granted on this earth. Madeleine, I am thankful for every day that I have to be involved with you children, and Christmas is one of the best times, of course. I make cookies with you guys every year, and it does not matter how big the mess is, nor how the cookies look. I just want you

Enjoying Christmas 2012 with Cathy are grandchildren Madeleine, left, and Alexander, right. Photo submitted

tion of collar, do they have a microchip, location they are missing from, owner’s name and phone number. For found pets please provide: date found, approximate breed or mix, description including color, sex and if altered or not, approximate age, description of collar, do they have a microchip, location where they were found, finder’s name and phone number. Please take all found pets to a vet’s office, animal control, or humane society to

have them scanned for a microchip free. Please don’t think that just because you have an indoor only pet that collars and tags are unnecessary. Many of the animals that end up in shelters are someone’s lost pet, but we have no way to contact the owner if there are no tags or if the microchip isn’t registered. Please keep proper ID on your pet at all times, and make sure your microchip registration is up to date.

to remember doing it with me. The untimely December snow this year kept us from doing other things, like shopping together. Please, look back on all of the Christmases of your childhood and remember all of these good times. As I have told you before, in your later life, there will only be a few special gifts that come to mind. You will first recall your family members, hearing Christmas music, decorating your home, and the love that makes it all so special. That, dearest Madeleine, is what this wonderous holiday is all about. Let us take out a moment to say to all too many of our friends who have someone missing this Christmas, we think of each of you and keep you in our hearts. A Very Merry Christmas To Everyone.

Posey County Pound Puppies Need Homes: December 9-24, 2013 adoption fees will be waived on any dog currently at the shelter who has been there two months or more. Normal adoption procedures will be required - application, interview, home visit. Please check out our babies on our facebook page or at and help us ‘Give Them a Home Before the Holidays.’ New At The Shelter: Black lab mix, female. Picked up 12/13 on Ranes Orchard Rd. Large tan and white male pitbull with closely cropped ears. Picked up 12/9 on Overton Rd. Our Adoption Locations: Please visit us Sundays At Pet Food Center North (in the Target complex at North Park ) between Noon and 4 p.m., where you can see many of the dogs from our shelter available for adoption. Call us for our latest adoption days schedule or to check on which dogs we will be bringing that week. Please

visit our PC Pound Puppies website or Facebook page for the most up-to-date information. Please visit the Evansville Lost Pets Facebook page if you have lost or found a dog. New animals are posted there daily. For a complete listing of dogs at the shelter, please go to www.pcpoundpuppies. com. You may also see pictures of all the dogs on display at Dr. Jason Zieren’s office or in the window at Pet Food Center North. Foster Homes: We are in need of foster homes to help with house & crate training, which helps to make the dogs more adoptable. If you think you can help, please contact us. Lost Or Found Pets: Please immediately call Animal Control at 838-8362 to report a lost or found pet. Do not wait a few days to see if a lost pet comes home. For lost pets please provide: date lost, pet’s name, breed or mix, description including color, sex and if altered or not, age, descrip-

Featured Animals of The Posey County Pound Puppies Call (812)-305-4737 for more information Liam is just one example of dogs at the shelter needing homes. He is very friendly and playful, loves people, and gets along well with other dogs. He is such a good boy. Can you give him a safe and loving home? He is up to date on shots, neutered, heartworm negative, and microchipped. Liam weighs about 40 pounds.

POSEY COUNTY PAGES OF THE PAST DECEMBER 23, 2003 10 YEARS AGO Jodi Ubelhack has been chosen to replace Trent Van Haaften as county prosecutor for the next three years, after Van Haaften was elected to replace state representative Jonathon Weinzapfel. The Dale Koester Family of Wadesville has been named Indiana Farm Bureau Young Farmer Achievement Award winner. Marissa Priddis was named the assistant director of the Alexandrian public Library beginning January 1, 2004. Mr. and Mrs. Francis Ray Cox will celebrate their wedding anniversary January 7, 2004. Monica Schneider, daughter of Gerald and Janet Schneider of Poseyville, married Jeramia Maikranz of Buckskin, on May 31, 2003 at the Roofless Church in New Harmony. Breanna Johnson is the TDS Telecom academic student of the week. Ryan Huck is the Red Geranium Enterprises academic student of the week. The New Harmony Rappites boys basketball team beat the Carmi Bulldogs 65-63 in Tuesday night’s game. The Mount Vernon Junior High seventh grade boys basketball team is off to a good start with five recent victories.

DECEMBER 21, 1988 25 YEARS AGO Tony Martin was elected president of the Posey County Commissioner’s for 1989. The Rev. John Matsel, pastor of the First United Church of Christ in Cynthiana, was one of two volunteers elected they year to the CROP Honor Roll. Robert and Jessie Neslar of Griffin celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on December 24. Kenneth and Tamara Like of Wadesville announced the birth of their son Aaron Lee, born at 6:47 p.m. on December 7, weighing 7 pounds, 14 ounces. Michele Yonts and David Purdy will be married December 31, 1988 at 1 p.m. at Apostolic Tabernacle in Griffin, Ind. Three members of the Mount Vernon High School Girls Swim Team received awards last week. Jennifer deDoming received Most Valuable Swimmer Award; Lynn Culley received the Mental Attitude Award; and Gina Hausmann received the Most Improved Swimmer Award. When asked ‘what was your most memorable Christmas?’ Larry Thompson replied, “the year my daughter was born on December 16.” Sarah Fuchs said, “The year before last because I got a bike.”

DECEMBER 20, 1963 50 YEARS AGO First place in the Posey County 1963-64 Voice od Democracy Contest, sponsored by Posey County Post No. 6576 Veterans of Foreign Wars, Wadesville, was won by Terry Clark, Mount Vernon. Poseyville Methodists have approved a $85,000 building program which calls for a new education building or addition to present facilities and resotration of the sanctuary, including an enlarged chancel area, rewiring, new lighting fixtures, new ceiling, walls and roof. The majority of Harold Gentil, Democrat, who won the November 5 election for Mayor of Mount Vernon by 14 votes in the original canvas by the Posey County Election Commission, was shaved to 11 after a recount. Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Morlock, Wadesville, announce the engagement of their daughter, Ima Jean, to Mr. Dennis J. Carr, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lester J. Carr Jr., of Mount Vernon. Reynolds Rexall Pharmacy in Poseyville had the following on sale as ‘Christmas and Gift Needs:’ Women’s Gloves 88 cents; Tiny Tot Holster Set $2; Wee Bonnie Baby Dolls $1.98; Musical Animals $3.33; 25 cent Christmas Wrap for 19 cents; and Steak Knives for 99 cents.

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The Democrat women’s club makes a donation to Trinity Methodist church food bank for the Holidays. Pictured left to right are: Liz Miller, Phyllis Alspaugh, Rev. Allen Rutherford, Jan King, Diann Uhde, Darrin Seitz, Lisa Seitz, Sheriff Greg Oeth, Mary Rhoades, Alan Blackburn, Shasta Carr and Hannah Carr. Not pictured Rebecca Uhde. Donations were also made to the Mount Vernon Ministeral Association for the Christmas Food Baskets, New Harmony Food Bank and Poseyville’s Thursday’s Table. Photo submitted SUBSCRIBE TODAY! CALL 1-812-682-3950

Jennifer Gardner and Becky Brown Activity Directors at New Harmonie Healthcare enjoy CiCi who volunteers every week with the residents. Photo submitted

Mary Beth Williams celebrated her birthday with a family brunch on December December 31 - New Years’ dance going from 8:30 p.m. 15 at the Evansville Eve Party at VFW Post 6576 - 12:30 a.m. Country Club. She is in Wadesville, Indiana. Music will be provided pictured with four of Doors open at 6 p.m., din- by Hybrid Country. Cost is her seven grandchil- ner begins at 7 p.m. with the $30 a couple, party favors dren. They are (l to r) Grace Walker, Grant Walker, Mary Beth, By Stanley Campbell Tyler Stock, and Anna Stock. Photo submitWinter Storytimes loves working with Legos. ted December 23 is the first day Our first program for 2014 you can register your child for will be January 8 at 3:30 p.m. Winter Storytimes. Registration is required. Christmas Holiday Closings Busy Hands/Basic Knitting Missouri, tornado. For the past The library will be closed ‘Busy Hands’ is a local gatherfour years, she has worked as on December 24 and 25 so that ing of crafters and knitters. We a staff writer for Posey Maga- staff may enjoy time with their will be meeting at 10 a.m. on zine, an on-line publication. families. We will reopen De- January 8 and 22. Cheryl CarLinda was named the first cember 26 at our regular time. roll will be on hand to demonplace winner in the 2009 JuNew Year’s Closings strate how to stitch during our dith Siegel Pearson Writing On December 31 and Janu- Basic Knitting Program. She Award, a national competi- ary 1 the library will be closed. will be teaching techniques. tion for a collection of poetry We will reopen again on Janu- Yarn is provided and a limited concerning women. She was ary 2 at our regular time. number of size eight needles also the only double winner Decorative Plates are available to use. in the Gondwana Press ‘Route This is something the teens Basic Drawing 66’ writing competition. Her will enjoy. On January 6 at This popular continuing poem and short story were 3:30 p.m. teens can take regu- adult series will be conducted published in Lost on Route 66, lar old dining plates and deco- on January 9, 16, 23 and 30 at Tales of the Mother Road Lin- rate them. This program will 10 a.m. This series is an ideal da’s book Women at Forty was be simple and fun! Bring your opportunity for beginners and named one of the six finalists own favorite white plate from advanced artists to gather. in the ‘Pathways’ International home or we can provide one at Learn how to ‘see’ like an Poetry Contest for Women, the program. This program is artist, and how to draw that and she was a finalist in South- for those in grades six to 12. image on paper. All supplies west Review’s Morton Marr You must register to attend provided. Additional classes Poetry Prize for formal poetry. this program. will be offered February 6, 13, Finally, she won first place in Lego Club 20 and 27. the 2012 Writers Digest PoThis is a monthly club for Treasures Gift Shop etry Competition, as well as anyone ne aage ge ssix ix aand nd oolder lder ld er w ho who Nott su No sure re w hatt to gget ha et tthat hatt ha what winning honorable mention. Her winning poem appeared in Writers Digest, and both poems were published in an anthology of winning works.

Wadesville VFW to host New Years’ Eve Party included. Please come and join the fun. The party is open to the public and donuts will be served at midnight.

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Reising takes reader to different time and place Re-Writing Family History, a collection of poems by Linda Neal Reising, takes the reader to a different time and place through a variety of characters and narratives. “In just the first few poems of this collection, we trust the teller in her stories, each one, then all as they coalesce and carry us to right and wondrous conclusions,” writes poet Mike Carson, author of The Keeper’s Voice. “Like the spring in the center poem, a clear deep coherence rises from the real underground, a family and a town history ‘rewritten’ to reveal its worthy truths, the unsaid rising from the said. Here the ordinary is made sudden with meaning: a woman and a time in moments so real the past is the present, and more longed for even because it is gone. Here is the great weight of love, a generous offering.” According to Matthew Graham, author of A World Without End, New World Archi-

tecture, and 1946, Reising’s collection “examines and reexamines family, the past and the role of self in both. One comes away from these poems as one comes away from a family reunion—filled with joy and pain, comfort and sadness. A real pleasure to read.” Linda Neal Reising, a fiction and non-fiction writer, as well as a poet, is a native of Oklahoma and a member of the Western Cherokee Nation. Her poems have been published in a number of journals, including The Southern Indiana Review, C’omstock Review, Nimrod, Naugatuck River Review, and Open 24 Hours. Her work has been included in Fruiflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write, a book published by HarperCollins, and And Know This Place-Poetry of Indiana, published by the Indiana Historical Society. Linda also had a sonnet included in Storm Country, an anthology to benefit the victims of the Joplin,

special person in your life for Christmas? Are you looking for a unique holiday gift for your friends and family? Be sure to drop by the Treasures Gift Shop at the Alexandrian Public Library. We are delighted to offer you a new selection of quality local arts and crafts as well as other merchandise that would make perfect gifts. The gift shop will be open Sunday, December 22 and Monday, December 23. Want to register? The library offers multiple ways you can register, including: on the web, by phone, and in person. You can register well in advance by going to our website at www.apl.lib. Can’t register on-line? Call the Adult Information Desk at (812) 838-3286 or visit the Adult Information Desk in person. Our library staff representative will be ready to assist you and answer your questions. Check out our Face Fa cebook page pagge and Like us. Facebook

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Shirel’s first Thanksgiving in Haiti. Photos submitted

The kids sang a special song during worship service at church in Haiti.

‘College Prep’ continued from A1 teria for the scholarship, that the student must demonstrate a financial need based on the student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)form. • Informational items presented to the board included the Marrs PTO Newsletter, School Lunch Fund Menu for December, School Lunch Fund Report for October, and

the contract bus drivers’ fuel escalation chart. Future topics include the bully policy, school athletic facility improvements and retirement personnel. • The next board meeting will be the first one of the new year on Monday, January 6 at 5:45 p.m.. All meetings held at the Mount Vernon Junior High School.

Dear friends, We hope to give you encouragement in the Lord today. We bring you some news about the shipment of Wade’s truck, our Thanksgiving celebrations, and we are most excited to share with you the revival breaking out in Haiti and we want it to catch fire in you as well. On Monday, December 2, Wade left with a missionary friend for St. Marc. We received information from the shipping company in Miami that his truck was in country as of, November 26. They left around 8 a.m. and by noon, I (Ara) received a message from him saying that his truck was not on the manifest and that the vehicle they rode in had a fuel pump go bad. Wade had the opportunity to speak with all of the people at the port in St. Marc and actually looked at all the vehicles in storage and noticed that there were several small Suzuki SUVs. Clearly, it is not always easy communicating across cultures. We don’t know exactly what it’s like in the mission field in other countries, though we've heard countless similar stories... this is a typical day in Haiti. Things get lost in translation, policies quickly change, and from time to time we face major cultural barriers. We thank the Lord that He is sovereign and that His grace is sufficient. Meanwhile, pray for me because in these times I still crave the comforts of chocolate a bit. ;)

Community Table for December

‘MV takes care’ continued from A1

Every Thursday, serving from 5 - 6 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome, singles, couples and families. No preaching, just good eating. No meal served on Dec. 26. Thursday, January 2 - No Meal Served Thursday, January 9 –

Chili, PBJ Sandwich, Carrot Sticks, Fritos, Dessert Thursday, January 16 – Lasagna, Salad, Bread Sticks, Dessert Thursday, January 23 – Chicken Strips, Milk Gravy, Toast, Green Beans, Dessert Thursday, January 30 – Chicken Casserole, Salad, Hot Roll, Dessert

• An ordinance establishing the salaries for the elected officials for the city of Mount Vernon for the year ending December 31, 2014 was passed. An ordinance amending the city of Mount Vernon Salary Ordinance, relative to the Park and Recreation Director salary was passed. Councilman Bill Curtis suggested that the council members and the park board schedule a meeting for the first quarter of the new year in order to avoid situations such as this in the future. Park Board Member Bennett agreed. • An ordinance passed to rezone 214 Walnut Street from RM (Residential Multifamily) to CG (Commercial General). The business they want to put into the property will be an environmentally friendly vintage furniture retail shop

it passed. Councilman Curtis moved the tax phase-in on the R & D, Logistics, and IT equipment be for five years. Attorney Higgins stated she would like to incorporate a few things into the declaratory resolution such as ATI will hire local people and use local suppliers, provide annual reports, and pay for publication costs. • Kevin Jackson approached the council and explained he is starting a fundraiser to rebuild and remodel the old police and fire station for tourists and turn it in to a museum. He understands they will be moving to the new station in April or May. Councilman Curtis stated the actual completion date for the police and fire station will be July 2014. • Mayor Tucker said there

are two competitive INDOT grants he would like to pursue, with permission of the Council. INDOT is going to extend a road behind the funeral home and Arbys, going west, as an exit from the Port that is much safer than the current exit. The first grant would be to upgrade State Street to be able to handle the 100,000 trucks that are going to be coming from the Port. He stated that grant is a $582,000 grant, with a 20 percent match – it will be awarded at the end of January with construction not to begin until 2016.The second grant would be for money for downtown, to extend the bike trail and walking trail from the Landing to Fourth and Main streets, on both sides of the street. It would be a $3.3 million grant also with a 20 percent match.

• Attorney Higgins led the council through a series of questions used to determine if the ATI project could be designated an Economic Revitalization Area: An economically run down area has become undesirable for, or impossible of, normal development because of a lack of development, cessation of growth, deterioration of improvements or character of occupancy, age, obsolescence, substandard buildings, or other factors which have impaired values or preven t a normal development or property of use of the property. Based on their answers, council has agreed that the area is to be designated an ERA and is therefore eligible for tax phase-in for up to ten years. Councilman Hoehn moved for it to be the whole ten years and

We were a little homesick, but were blessed with being invited to share Thanksgiving with our dear friends, Mark, Peggy, and Abi Rutledge from the International Mission Board, and Randall Chabot, Caribbean Bishop of Holiness Church of Canada. We want to give a big thank you to the people of Agape Flight Services who made our Thanksgiving complete with Turkey, Cranberry sauce, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie. Every year, Agape Flights puts together a box for each missionary family they serve in the Caribbean so that we can have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. We have never been so excited and thankful for turkey. We were also thankful for modern technology and the use of Skype so that we got to see the faces of our family back home on Thanksgiving. Someone once said that you can’t plan revival and that statement is so very true. We can prepare our hearts for it and welcome it, but often it comes when we least expect it. Sunday, December 1 we attended regular church service and the Spirit of God was most definitely present. The church we attend is a multicultural church, consisting of British, German, Korean, Indian, Haitian, American, and other cultures I’m sure I’ve missed, approximately 300 people from all walks of life… all of us got down on our knees, and wept on our metal chairs as the Lord broke our hearts for His kingdom. There is now a fire in us that cannot be contained. Revival is spreading. While Wade was away at St. Marc, I filled in for him and during my time with the students, I burst into tears and shared all that God had put on my heart. There was no longer any laughing and joking in the classroom… we got down on the floor together and prayed for the Spirit of God to come and bring revival in our hearts.

As we prepare for the birth of Christ, let us also prepare our hearts to anticipate the second coming of Christ. Every nation must know that Jesus is the way to salvation. ‘And the gospel must first be preached to all nations.’ Mark 13:10. According to the CIA factbook, last published in 2005, about 6.5 million people die every day, worldwide. What if our lack of concern with sharing the gospel is the very thing that sends millions of people to Hell every day? What if our lack of concern for sharing the gospel with all nations is on our heads on judgment day? Do we really want to see Jesus return? Do we want to hear Him say to us, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.’ Matthew 25:23? Who was Jesus speaking to when He said, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:1920? Are any of us excused from participating in the great commission? Let us not lose heart. Let us not grow weary. Paul wrote in his letter to the church of Corinth, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” We are finishing a marathon… we’re on the last leg… look to the finish line and your glorious prize, Jesus. Something very interesting was brought up the other day. Someone said that in a wildfire, fire can actually jump across rivers… why not oceans? Let revival break out in your heart. Completely and Totally His Wade, Ara, Merrigan, and Traxxas

The price on the Main Street grant is $3,358,000 The council concurred to go ahead and apply and put State Street as No. 1 priority and Main Street as No. 2. • Fire Chief Wes Dixon reported on purchasing a new fire truck. He has been presented with a unique opportunity to get one at a significant savings ($60,000). The City of Vincennes has two trucks that they purchased, but now need to sell by December 31, 2013. Councilman Brian Jeffries asked about the truck they would be replacing.

Chief Dixon said it is 17 years old with 9,000 hours and 60,000 miles on it. It is beyond its life span and it makes every single run they have. He said a truck’s normal life span is 10 years. The truck would cost $525, 000. Chief Dixon stated he will get some figures and even contact the local banks and work with the Board of Public Works on this. • Councilman Andy Hoehn was re-appointed to serve on the Area Plan Commission. • The December 26 regularly scheduled meeting was cancelled.

Sermon of the Week: The Peace of the One Named Jesus is With You! By: The Rev. Sean Esterline, Messiah Lutheran Church The e-mail from a friend states: “I need to talk to you tonight. Call me.” Or a message may come into your voice mail: “The boss wants to see you immediately.” Or a child, spouse, or parent approaches you and says, “We need to talk.” These messages sound urgent and ominous. It’s easy to imagine the worst and allow anxiety to prevail. Even some persons’ mere presence can be troublesome. But none of those scenarios compares to the story of a teenage girl who meets an intimidating messenger with an intimidating message. Unexpectedly, an angel stands before Mary. We can only imagine how frightened Mary must have been to see this heavenly visitor. But the angel brings a gift to the shaken (and maybe even shaking) teenager, a gift bound in grace. “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God” (Lk 1:30). The gift is peace. If there is anything Mary needs as she listens to the news the angel has for her, it is peace. Mary will need that gift as she heads into the future, car-

rying and caring for the Prince of Peace. The gift of peace came from the presence of the Lord and His angels. “Do not be afraid,” the angel told Mary. Through those words, the gift of peace was unwrapped. Mary was transformed from “shaken” to “at peace.” The angelic messenger announced that Mary would be the mother of the world’s Savior, the mother of a child who also is God. That life-changing news was accompanied with the peace only God could provide. The Lord of compassion used the angel Gabriel to announce that peace. Mary’s response to Gabriel showed that transformation from panic to peace. She says, with peaceful confidence, “I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to Your word” (Lk 1:38). That is a miraculous statement. It can be spoken by Mary because of the miracle of her Spirit-created faith, lined with God’s miracle of peace. Mary’s angle on angels is that they are God’s messengers of peace. Scripture often paints that portrait of angels. When God sends His angels with a message, they often greet the re-

ceiver of that message with “Do not be afraid.” Angels are to be welcomed, not feared, as messengers of God and His peace. When Mary realized what lay ahead, she easily could have panicked and succumbed to fear. During the engagement period, she would have to face the embarrassment of her pregnancy, the scorn of unbelieving neighbors, and the responsibility of raising the promised Messiah. Unknown to her at the time, she eventually would also witness her Son’s horrible execution. “Do not be afraid,” the angel said. During her lifetime Mary surely replayed those words in her mind time and time again, reopening God’s gift of peace. She had the Lord’s favor. He would not abandon her as she stepped into the fearful future. Picture an army of angels surrounding Mary as she traveled to Bethlehem to give birth, or as family members abandoned Jesus, or even as she sat at the foot of the cross, where her Son was crucified for her sins and ours. In faith, picture God’s army of angels surrounding us. Like Mary, we are undeserving of the Lord’s

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favor, yet we can be at peace in His grace. The Lord is with us. At our Baptism He stood before us, along with His angels, and spoke to us. He welcomed us into His kingdom, forgave our sins, and held open the door to heaven for us. The Lord also has great plans for us. By the power of the Spirit, we are enabled to respond to the Lord’s call, “I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to Your word.” As the angel reminded Mary, nothing is impossible with God. Those peacefilled words changed Mary’s life, even as Christ lived within her. As Christ lives within us, we are not afraid. Despite situations that evoke fear and uncertainty, keep the right angle on this truth from the angel: the peace of the one named Jesus is with you!

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Local chainsaw artist brings trees to new kind of life

By Valerie Werkmeister Editor’s note: This story is the fifth in a five-part series featuring local artists. In a global world of ‘big box stores,’ these talented individuals offer a break from the everyday commercially made items. Life can take a person in many directions. Sometimes, you start down a path that you think will take you in a certain direction for the rest of your life. Then, you find yourself at a crossroads and must decide on a new path. Jim Tharp is one of those people who found himself changing directions. He has held careers in music as a singer and bass player in a band and in carpentry and as a timber cutter. It was while he was cutting wood for a company in Mill Shoals, Ill., that Tharp discovered what he was suppose to be doing all along. “I was caught up on all my work and this big stump was always in the way. It was about an eight foot Pin Oak stump. One day I just looked at it and I just seen a beautiful horse in it. I said I think I can carve that with this chainsaw. I backed up the truck to it, let the tailgate down and carved this big, beautiful horse,”

This piece was created by Tharp for a church in Evansville. The eagle represents God rescuing us from our sins through his son, Jesus, on the cross. Photo by Valerie Werkmeister

Jim Tharp, of Poseyville, carves details in a bird with a hand grinder, one of the only two tools he uses when creating his wood carvings. Photo by Valerie Werkmeister

Southern Drawl I ventured out to North Posey Junior High to interview Steve Kavanaugh. I met Steve when I was a substitute teacher at North Posey High and Steve was the assistant principle. Now, for the past four years, he has been Principle. Before coming to North Posey Steve was assistant principle at Reitz. Steve grew up on a good -sized farm in Montgomery, Ind., he was a farmers son. Both his parents were teachers. His father, Lee, was a coach at Loogootee High for 40 years, they named the gym Lee Kavanaugh Gymnasium. His mother taught at a elementary school in Jasper, Ind. When asked ‘while growing up, did you every dream you would be a teacher or a principle?’ “No, never,” was

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his answer. “Nothing in education.” However, he has always loved History and while attending USI he met a teacher, Doctor Scavoni, who got him interested in teaching, and so, the rest is history. Steve and his wife Trisha, who is a teacher at West Terrace, have two children. Julia is a junior in high school, is the language club president, and loves to read. Son Michael is in the seventh grade and plays both football and basketball. While at USI Steve played baseball and rugby. In 1992 he was also on an All-Amercan softball team in Tulsa, Okla. The team was called Winchel Chiropractor, who helped foot the bills, while the team traveled all over the Midwest. Steve has been helping

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Tharp said. Thus began his career as a chainsaw woodcarving artist and Masterworks was born. Tharp said he enjoyed art class in school and had carved a few things out of soap for his mom, but had never carved anything with a chainsaw before that day. “I didn’t have no idea that this is what I was supposed to do until I started doing it. I knew, I knew I was supposed to do it,” he said. Tharp has been carving elaborate and detailed works of art out of wood with his chainsaw for 14 years now. He has been residing in Poseyville for the past eight months, helping care for his mother, Theresa Tharp, who is disabled. News of his work has spread by word of mouth, as his talented creations have started to pop up in various places around town. His skills are limitless as his creativity and imagination are able to carve just about anything. He joked he is able to carve a groundhog eating a hotdog. Some of the items he has carved include fish, birds, eagles, cows, and names. He was recently commissioned to carve a calf, as if it were laying down in a manger for a local Poseyville farmer. He has several Christmas orders ready to go bearing individuals’ last names that will undoubtedly be proudly displayed in their yards. His favorite things to carve are eagles and crucifixes. The dimension and depth at which he’s able to carve with a regular chainsaw are truly magnificent. His creatures leap off the wood and have a life-like quality. He recently completed a carving for an Evansville church which shows an eagle swooping down with its claws open ready to grab a crucifix. “Eagles are a major part of the New Testament and the Old Testament,” Tharp said. He explained the image represents God and his majesty rescuing us from our sins through his son, Jesus, on the cross. Tharp is humble and gives all the credit for his talent to God. When asked where he thought his ability came from, he responded, “It’s got to be divine.” “I can’t believe I can do this stuff. It just blows my mind,” he stated. Creativity runs in the family as his brother, Brent, works at the Red Wagon. Jim credited his brother’s ability to carve elaborate images out of ice. “He can do amazing things with ice, but he doesn’t like to work with wood,” he said with a smile. A true testament of Tharp’s ability came through an explanation of some of his work samples. He described being able to hand draw an image from a picture onto the wood and then carve the picture as if it is standing up off the wood. He uses thick pieces of wood to cut Blue Gill and Crappies that will

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appear as if they are actually moving in the water through the water grass. Tharp’s art doesn’t come without risk, though. Working with chainsaws is dangerous as he discovered the hard way while doing an art show in Eldorado, Ill. He hit his knee and exposed his patella. Fortunately, he has not had another accident since that time, but he is wary of the risks. He has attempted to train apprentices who have shown interest in his craft. Training has not been easy and many have quit after seeing the dangers involved. “It’s all about balance and stance and knowing where the end of your bar is,” he said. He has cleverly devised a way to see his boots which can easily become ‘lost’ in the sea of sawdust as he carves. He has painted the top of his boots bright orange so he can see where the end of the chainsaw bar is at all times. The people of Poseyville have embraced Tharp and his work, but it’s only a matter of time before his success escalates to a new level. His excitement shifts to caution as he hopes to be able to keep up with demand. “I don’t have any other artists who help me. I always depend on Him (God) to send me what I need,” he said. Clearly, he views his work and abilities as vehicles for his ambition to help others and not for personal gain. He stated he does this work to be able to help his mother and to help others. “My goal in all this is to be able to walk up to somebody and give them $100 and never think about it ever again. If it’s somebody in need, that’s what I want to do.” Those interested in contacting Tharp to order a woodcarving may call him directly at (812) 781-9379.

Marrs spelling bee winner Dylan Hile (left) and runner up Dane Carmack. Photo submitted

Senate Page Program seeks applicants his Mother who is recuperating from double knee replacements. His father Lee is coaching ball in Heaven. He has two brothers, Jeff and Jason, who live in the big state of Texas. Steve is in the middle. For stress he loves to exercise. He showed me around the nice exercise room they have at the junior high. Their favorite vacation is Destin, Florida. It is a family type beautiful beach, not Spring Break type. Steve’s family all likes history, and they hope to get to the Alamo someday, I laughingly told him to “be careful, that’s what Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, and some other ones said.” Since they all go to school, so to speak, they share the duties that makes a house a home. Steve’s goal for North Posey Junior High is to make the school as safe as possible, and push the kids to become productive citizens. Last year they rearranged subjects so they could have room for electives such as Graphic Design, Robotics, Tech II, Yearbook, and Strength And Conditioning. I hope everyone respects what Steve Kavanaugh is doing for North Posey Junior High School. I wish I would have had a principle like Steve Kavanaugh at least once in my time in school.

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OPINION Guest Editorial: Glenn Mollette Christmas is about hanging in there A lot of people have given up. My father fell off a barn when I was about thirteen years old. He cracked his vertebrae and missed about six months of work. There was no unemployment insurance, or federal relief money. Everything became very lean as life was put on hold in hopes of better days. By Christmas my father was getting around on crutches. We had a Christmas tree but I dared not ask for anything for Christmas. I knew we didn’t have any money. On Christmas Eve we had a family gathering and we had food to eat. There actually was some exchanging of

gifts and my mother handed me a small wrapped box. I was shocked. I anticipated nothing. Opening the present I found a simple watch. I would guess it cost eight to ten dollars at the most. It might as well have been a Rolex. I was so surprised and couldn’t believe my parents had bought me something for Christmas. I don’t know how they did it. A couple of months later my father was back to work and times became better as we hung in there and survived difficult times. The Christmas gift is stuck in my head as being one of the all time best. The gift was simple but great.

Most of us know about a difficult time in life. We’ve all been there in some way. Maybe you are there now. Possibly your heath is not so great and you are hoping for better days. You may be unemployed and you don’t know how you are going to pay all the bills. Often life is never exactly as we had hoped or planned. Every year of life is a little different and if you are reading this you still have hope. One of the keys to a better tomorrow is hanging in there today. It’s easy to give up. Life can be discouraging. I heard an old preacher say one time, “The test of those who love God most are the ones at

their post, when all the others have walked away.” Today...hang in there and remember what Christmas is about, “1... Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall

be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2: 10 - 11. Glenn Mollette is an American columnist read in all fifty

states. Contact him at Like his facebook page at www.facebook. com/glennmollette. He is the author of American Issues, Nursing Home Nightmares and eight other books.

Guest Column State Rep. Wendy McNamara Hoosier students give back: Part 2 of 2 Last week, I highlighted some of the ways students in Posey and Vanderburgh Counties were giving back this holiday season at the high school and middle school levels. This week, I would like to recognize the students in our younger grades that have been working very hard to make sure everyone has a brighter holiday. West Terrace Elementary school in Evansville has been continuing their Angel Fund program, which they do every year. This program includes families adopting other families who need a little extra help this season. Students and parents either make monetary donations or buy for children under the age of 18. The school then helps out wherever they are needed and strive to make sure every child has a gift on Christmas. Meanwhile, Marrs Elementary saw a need around Thanksgiving and worked to collect canned food items for the Posey County food bank. Afterwards, they began to look around to find what the other needs were in the community. The Student Council has been volunteering with

other groups in the community at the soup kitchens at the local United Methodist church. It’s always great to see kids give back, but I think what is even more special is kids coming up with their own ideas and seeing those ideas through to the end. Saint Matthew Elementary School in Mount Vernon let the students decide every year what they are going to do around the holiday season to help out their community. This year, students held a toy drive and brought in new toys, books or stuffed animals to benefit the Posey County gift assistance program. The toy drive has been a competition with two grades working together as a team with awards given to those who collect the most items. Students at St. Philip have been Christmas caroling at local nursing homes, and everyone at the school in Kindergarten through eighth grade wrote Christmas cards to send servicemen and women for the Holiday for Hero’s campaign. At Farmersville Elementary School the Student Council has been encour-

aging students to bring in canned food items, boxed goods and have come up with another unique idea. Students are being encouraged to bring in socks for the school’s ‘Socks for Seniors’ program. All the new socks that are brought in will go the area nursing homes residents for Christmas. Students in Posey and Vanderburgh Counties realize what Christmas is all about and have set a great example for us to follow. There is something special knowing in a small way you were able to help make someone’s Christmas special. If you would like to help out any of these schools in their efforts, please call the schools main office. From my family to yours, have a joyous holiday season and a very Merry Christmas! Rep. McNamara (RMount Vernon) represents portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties. Rep. McNamara also serves as Vice Chair of Courts and Criminal Code Committee, the Government and Regulatory Reform Committee, Judiciary Committee and the Select Committee on Government Reduction.

Letters to the Editor How much alcohol access is enough? I am a homegrown Hoosier businessman. The state of Indiana has granted me the privilege, and the responsibility, of selling alcohol. My company, Big Red Liquors, is dedicated to the principal of selling alcohol, a controlled substance, legally and responsibly. We take that responsibility very seriously because we know that when alcohol is sold illegally or irresponsibly, individuals, families, businesses and communities can be devastated. My stores understand our responsibility to the customers and communities we serve. We support the great law enforcement professionals who protect us every day. This fall we donated a K-9 unit to the Indianapolis Police Department so they could continue to be wellequipped to do their duty. We have stepped forward to help Sen. Jim Merritt promote Indiana’s Lifeline Law by producing posters and bottle neck tags that encourage Hoosiers to make a call to save a life. We will not do business with Hoosiers under age 21, but we will do everything we can to prevent the kinds of tragedies that underage drinking too often leads to. There are significant challenges facing Hoosiers every day. Too many Hoosiers are struggling to find work; crime and violence scar our cities and towns. But instead of asking Indiana’s legislators to focus on those issues, today there is a renewed push by multinational retailers to redefine Indiana’s alcohol laws. Large retailers are asking the legislature to allow them to sell alcohol on Sundays. They are suing the state for the privilege of selling refrigerated beer. They are convinced that more access to alcohol is appropriate public policy. They are wrong. There is no denying the fact that increasing access to alcohol increases the chances that alcohol will be abused. Forty years of studies demonstrate that even a moderate increase in the availability of and access to alcohol lead to increased consumption and abuse. Today Indiana law allows alcohol to be sold from 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. six days a week. That means Hoosiers

can go into a store and buy alcohol 72 percent of the time during a seven-day week. To those who insist that we must sell on Sundays, I ask – how much access is enough? Alcohol is ever present in the media and in society. Children and adults alike are exposed to alcohol and alcohol advertisements every time we watch television, attend a professional sporting event or enjoy a concert. This constant exposure makes it too easy to forget that alcohol is a drug and that when it is abused there is a heavy price to pay. The package liquor store industry has played a critical role in the well-being of our great state since the repeal of prohibition 80 years ago. Following the repeal, legislators worked to create a system for distribution that promoted safety and welfare while providing Hoosiers the opportunity to legally and responsibly purchase alcohol. In 1935, package liquor stores were created by the legislature for that very purpose. We have worked hard to uphold the trust that has been placed in us and we will continue to do so. Regardless of whether the question is selling alcohol on Sundays or expanding the privilege of selling cold beer to the corner gas station, Big Red Liquors does not support efforts to increase access to alcohol. In fact, we believe Indiana legislators should consider reducing the hours that alcohol is available for retail sale. We are asking legislators to increase funding for Indiana’s Excise Police so our state has the resources necessary to ensure alcohol is sold legally and responsibly. Indiana’s alcohol policies have never been and should never be predicated on convenience. Alcohol is a controlled substance. It is a legal drug. As a package liquor store owner, I am proud of my industry’s efforts to provide exceptional customer choice while controlling access to alcohol. We have served Indiana well, and we will fight to continue to do so. Mark McAlister Chairman Big Red Liquors

Unsupported accusations must stop

Write a letter! You’ll feel better! Chapter 18 - A Trojan Horse Titanic Thompson secreted Jim Thorpe and Pepper Martin at Chief Lookout’s ranch until game time. But neither Thompson nor Cokes expected help from inside the Kansas City Cowboys themselves. Haskell’s team received an early Christmas gift from two of Osage County’s most famous football players who GAVEL were also part of the Kansas City organization, GAMUT but whose loyalties remained with the Indians. Rudy Comstock had graduated from Pawhus- BY JUDGE ka High School in 1919 and had been recruited JIM REDWINE by Kansas City for 1924. He signed with the Canton Bulldogs but had spent a month with the Kansas City Cowboys learning their players and their offensive and defensive systems. Another favorite son from the Cherokee Strip of Oklahoma was Kansas City’s star defensive tackle, Steve Owen. 1924 was Owen’s first year with Kansas City. He saw Rothstein’s under-the-table payouts to his teammates as disgraceful. Comstock and Owen had returned to Comstock’s home in Pawhuska after Kansas City’s season ended in December 1924 to see if Haskell might want their help. “Are you serious?” asked Frank McDonald when Comstock and Owen knocked on his and Hanley’s hotel room door on December 15, introduced themselves and offered their services. Owen, who later became one of the National Football League’s Hall of Fame coaches replied, “Rudy and I know the ringers Rothstein has lined up and we know the plays and defenses they like to run. On top of that, we have kept quiet about our feelings so no one knows we are for Haskell.” Comstock said, “We can’t help you with the amateurs they will have to use to fill their roster. They may have some pretty

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salty players who just didn’t catch on with a professional team. But we can fill you in on the guys from the Cowboys. They have some good players who swept up the extra Christmas cash. They will play hard, especially when they see us across the line.” McDonald and Hanley were not sure enough about Comstock and Owens to immediately tell them Jim Thorpe and Pepper Martin were going to play. Perhaps this was a ploy by Rothstein to infiltrate Haskell. McDonald suggested the four of them go to the Duncan Hotel’s coffee shop and discuss things. Comstock and Owen agreed. In the coffee shop McDonald ordered a Coca-Cola in the new contour glass bottle. When it was served he opened the conversation with a casual aside, “Gentlemen, did you know this little bottle has helped make Coca-Cola famous? They get these from the Root Glass Company in Terre Haute, Indiana. Funny the useless information we carry around in our heads. Speaking of which, what’s this new A-formation offense and umbrella defense Kansas City used this season? What are they and where’d they come from?” Owen laughed and said, “I think I can help you there as both are my ideas. One reason Kansas City drafted me was to help coach. What Haskell will see on the field I installed just this year. Of course, because I designed them, I know where the seams are. No offense or defense is full proof, not even mine. I’ll work with your quarterback, Egbert Ward, right, and your outstanding defensive lineman, Albert Hawley. They will probably catch on pretty quickly. You see, Rudy and I are Fighting Indian fans. We follow you guys!” Coaches McDonald and Hanley looked at one another and had the same thought, “There really is a Santa Claus!”

State Board of Education members, including Superintendent Glenda Ritz, participated last week in a strategic planning meeting and an orientation session led by national consultants. Optimism over Board progress made with the help of these consultants diminished quickly when Superintendent Ritz walked directly out of the Board’s public orientation to hold a press conference accusing the Governor of yet another attempt to usurp her authority. Her claim is based on an old email from October 3 mined from a closed DOE email account previously belonging to a current member of the Governor’s staff. The email consisted of draft recommendations for reorganizing the governance structure of the State Board. Such recommendations have been rejected by Governor Pence, which he had personally conveyed to Superintendent Ritz the previous week. The recurrence of unsupported accusations by Superintendent Ritz must stop. She routinely casts aspersions against her fellow Board members. These include allegations of secret meetings, violations of Open Door law, and her most recent claim of an ‘improper’ motion that in-







volved a Board resolution I drafted to evaluate Common Core standards that she would later characterize as ‘illegal.’ Not surprisingly, her accusations are unsupported and fail to pass tests of legal scrutiny. In fact, an Attorney General legal advisory opinion requested by the Superintendent affirmed the legality and appropriateness of the very resolution she claimed to be improper and illegal. Perhaps of greater concern than unsupported claims is the absence of leadership as Chair of the State Board. Completion of tasks such as the evaluation and adoption of standards, state assessment development, issuance of school letter grades, and revisions to Indiana’s A-F accountability system have been compromised by the lack of adherence to established meeting procedures and basic meeting rules that govern decorum. As an elected leader, Superintendent Ritz has the opportunity and the obligation to cultivate harmonious relationships that contribute to the responsible governance of Indiana’s K-12 education system. Leadership efforts to develop greater collegiality and cooperation would be most welcomed. Dr. Brad Oliver BOOKKEEPING CONNIE PEARCE



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Blessed with warmer weather and no rain or snow, members of the First Christian Church in Mount Vernon, Ind. spread Christmas cheer on Thursday and Friday eveNikki and Connie Viviano of Mount Vernon tend to the Camels at Black Chapel’s ning. Photo by Zach Straw Inaugural Drive-Through Nativity on Sunday Night. Photo by Zach Straw

Volunteer ‘elves’ for the Posey Humane Society, Chris Johnson (below) and Rene Dixon (above) are all smiles as they wrap gifts that were brought in on Saturday, December 14 as a service the PHS provided to the community; while Misty Lou, dressed in her Christmas outfit, greets all those that stopped by. Photo by Michelle Gibson

Mayor John Tucker proudly announces Farmersville’s Fourth consecutive ‘A’ school rating, declaring December 20 as Farmersville Day. Photo by Audra Straw

Judge Amy Motz stands next to the North Posey Junior High Eighth Grade Homeroom door competition winner, teacher Pam Schmitt’s classroom. Photo by Zach Straw

Chance Leuder and Addy McFadin wait patiently, donning their Christmas attire, before the Farmersville ‘A’ Rating Pep Session. Photo by Audra Straw

Farmersville Elementary students cheered as Bryce Dyhouse pied first grade teacher Katie York during Friday’s pep session. Photo by Zach Straw




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Vikings get monkey off back, ready to play in tourney By Dave Pearce After games against Central, North, and Heritage Hills, the proverbial monkey had placed itself squarely on the backs of the coaches and members of the North Posey Viking basketball team heading into this past weekend. The Vikings would have to face Mater Dei on Friday night in Evansville before coming home to face Pocket Athletic Conference opponent Pike Central on Saturday night. But on Friday night, the Vikings turned a 15-9 first-quarter deficit into a 26-22 half-time lead and never looked back, eventually winning by a score of 67-49. “After starting with a schedule like the one we started with, I’m proud of the way our guys responded tonight,” North Posey Coach Heath Howington said after the game. All 11 members of the varsity roster saw action and eight of the 11 got into the scoring column. The win certainly got the monkey off the backs of the team. The ‘monkey’ had forded the Vikings into playing with at ‘not to lose’ strategy instead of playing to win. “It really had us overthinking everything,” Howington said. “Finally, we just went out and played in the fourth quarter last night (against Mater Dei) and again tonight. We just went out and played man-toman and didn’t call sets, we just went out and played.” After falling behind by as many as 12 points early in the fourth quarter at Mater Dei, Michael Bender got loose inside at 5:50 and followed that up with a 3-pointer the next trip down the floor and the Vikings were back to within seven. Mater Dei answered but Reed Gertiesen got loose for a bucket inside and the Vikings were within six. Another Gertiesen basket inside, a Cody Ungethiem put-back, and another Gertiesen basket inside and suddenly the Vikings were within 44-41 with 3:35 to go. The Wildcats took a time out and settled things down before eventu-

ally pulling away, mainly on the strength of free throws down the stretch, for the 60-52 win. But against Pike Central, Reed Gertiesen was too much for the Chargers to handle as he had 14 points and 15 rebounds to lead the team. “I’m very proud of all 11 guys,” Howington said. “There at the beginning, our guys were pressing themselves so hard not to lose. And that was the difference between halves tonight. We attacked their pressure.” Gertiesen proved himself this weekend as he finished with double-doubles in the two games. But Howington said Reed is keenly aware that basketball is a team game and Reed would be the first to give credit to other members of the team for helping get him the ball and helping him on the boards. “It was certainly a team effort,” Howington said. At Mater Dei, the Vikings attempted to continue to go inside to junior Damon Cardin. The lefthander, despite being an inside threat, is usually at a size disadvantage but Howington said it is important to the team’s success that they continue to go through the inside for their offense. “We have to continue to work on our post feeds and on our pressure,” Howington said. “Tonight, we had some unforced turnovers and some things we are going to have to clean up. It’s the little things that are making a big difference with us right now. Michael Bender led the team with 22 points against Pike Central, hitting 8-of-9 shots from the floor. “We know what Michael and Reed are capable of doing,” Howington said. “We need to continue to get those kinds of efforts. I thought last night (at Mater Dei) Michael might have been trying to do too much but tonight he let the game come to him and out guys found him.” Marshall finished with 13 for the Vikings. “James has been real steady for

Santa even got in on the act at the North Posey girls’ basketball game this week. Santa’s helper, Bill Loveridge, brought luck to the Lady Vikes as they defeated Reitz. Photo by Dave Pearce

USI continues to roll, now 9-0 The ninth-ranked University of Southern Indiana men’s basketball team completed the ‘Battle for the Bridge’ sweep of Kentucky Wesleyan College, 80-68, Saturday afternoon in the Physical Activities Center. USI rises to 8-0 overall, while KWC falls to 7-6 in 2013-14. The victory marks the third time in five seasons that the Screaming Eagles have flown through the first third of the season with an unblemished 8-0 mark. USI also has reached the 8-0 plateau nine times in the history of the program. In the history of the ‘Battle for the Bridge’ trophy, USI has been a dominating 15-9 against KWC since 2000-01 and has won the last four meetings. The Eagles led the game from start to finish, building a 13-point lead, 19-6, in the first 10 minutes of the contest. The Panthers, however, were not about to go quietly, slashing the Eagles’ advantage to a few as five points, 28-23, with 2:46 left in the opening half. USI used a 4-0 spurt to push the lead back to nine points, 32-23, with 1:44 to play in the first half, before going into the locker room with a 32-25 lead. In the second half, the Eagles methodically extended its halftime lead to 14 point twice, 56-42 and 58-44, with just under seven minutes left. KWC made a final surge, cutting the margin to seven points, 67-60, when USI was awarded eight free throws on a foul and three technical fouls on the Panther bench. While USI was only able to convert two of the eight free throws, the Eagles used the time to regroup and took back the momentum. USI pushed the lead back to 13 points, 78-65, before settling for the 80-68 victory. Individually, senior forward Aaron Nelson (Chicago Heights, Illinois) led five players in double-figures with his eighth-straight double-double of the season. Nelson posted 20 points and 10 rebounds in tying Chris Bowles’ 1991-92 record of eight-straight double-doubles. The Eagles are idle until January 3 when they open the Great Lakes Valley Conference schedule on the road at Rockhurst University. They complete the GLVC-opening road swing January 5 at William Jewell College.

us,” Howington said. “We know what we are going to get out of James every day. He plays his tail off and defends well and he makes a lot of hustle plays. A lot of times those plays don’t show up in the box score but they are critical. All 11 players contributed and we wore them down. That was our plan. In the fourth quarter, we were able to stretch that lead.” The Vikings outrebounded Pike Central 26-13. The Vikings were scheduled to take a 1-4 record into Northeast Dubois on Monday where they would face the home school and a 6-foot-10 center in the Graber Post Classic. “The ball pressure that we saw in our first four games has hopefully prepared us for our upcoming schedule,” Howington said. “We know it is not going to get any easier. North Davies will bring the whole town and they have a lot of seniors and a big guy in the middle.” PIKE CENTRAL 15 7 8 19 49 NORTH POSEY 9 17 15 26 67 PIKE CENTRAL FG FT TOTAL Toopes, Tyler 1 2 24 Aldridge, Kegan 3 2-5 8 Wojtowics, Garrett 1 3-3 5 Elliott, Gabe 3 4-5 10 Elliott, Garrett 5 1-2 12 White, Bailey 1 2 White, Colton 3 8 TOTALS 17 12-17 49 3pt FG – 3 (White, C. 2, Elliott, Gar 1) TEAM FOULS: 15 NORTH POSEY FG FT TOTAL Marshall, James 4 4-5 13 Davenport, Drake 0 Bender, Micheal 8 1-2 22 Martin, Bryce 2 4 Carl, Zack 2 5 Brenton, Jacob 0 Gerteisen, Reed 6 2-3 14 Ungetheim, Cody 2 1-3 5 Cardin, Damon 1 2 Motz, Griffin 1 2 Adkins, Tyler 0 TOTALS 26 8 – 14 67

3pt FG – 7 (Bender 5, Marshall 1, Carl 1) TOTAL FOULS: 17 OFFICIALS: Manus, Atichson, Aldredge JV SCORE: Pike Central 42 – 19

Reed Gertiesen drives for two points. Photo by Dave Pearce MATER DEI 60 NORTH POSEY 52 NORTH POSEY (0-4): Bender 4-13 0-0 9, Reed Gerteisen 6-8 2-3 14, Cardin 4-7 0-1 8, Marshall 3-4 2-3 9, Martin 0-4 2-2 2,Davenport 0-1 0-0 0, Ungetheim 2-3 2-4 7, Adkins 0-0 0-2 0, Brenton 1-2 0-0 3, Carl 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-42 8-15 52. MATER DEI (1-3): Kruse 1-1 0-0 2, Sellers 1-3 0-0 2, Fleming 1-6 0-0 3, Jacob Stauber 5-12 4-7 15, LaRue 4-7 1-2 9, Josh Price 3-8 8-12 15, Straub 1-4 0-0 3, Martin 3-5 1-2 8, Bury 0-3 3-4 3. Totals 19-49 17-27 60.

North Posey 11 5 13 23—52 Mater Dei 14 11 13 22—60 3-point goals— North Posey 4-14 (Bender 1-6, Marshall 1-1, Martin 0-3, Davenport 0-1, Ungetheim 1-1, Brenton 1-2), Mater Dei 5-20 (Fleming 1-4, Stauber 1-6, LaRue 0-1, Price 1-3, Straub 1-3, Martin 1-3). Rebounds— North Posey 30 (Gerteisen 9), Mater Dei 32 (Stauber 6). Turnovers—North Posey 15, Mater Dei 8. Total fouls— North Posey 19, Mater Dei 19. Fouled out— Marshall. Officials— Arthur, Bechtel, Zehr. JV— Mater Dei 54-20.

Lady Wildcats get by Bulldogs By Steven Kochersperger Sometimes even on a tough night a team gets a win. Last Monday night’s road contest at Carmi proved to not be an easy task for the Mount Vernon Lady Wildcats. The struggle came in many different areas including focus and shooting. Carmi is struggling this season only having won one game all season and the Wildcats came into their gym and walked away winners 36-31 in a low scoring contest. Senior Cheyenne Strobel got Mount Vernon on the board early as she scored the first seven Wildcat points to put her team ahead 7-0. Fellow senior Ellen Foster hit two free throws in the first period of play to account for the other two Wildcat points as the Lady Cats took the 9-7 lead into the second period of play. Sophomore Mara Canada helped the Wildcats stretch the lead with a three point basket and Mount Vernon seemed to breathe a little with a 12-7 lead in the beginning of the second period. But Carmi would chip away at that lead eventually taking the lead scoring the next six points to go ahead 13-12 with 3:12 left until halftime. It was at that point that the Wildcat offense woke up a bit as Ellen Foster scored a bucket and teammate Stefanie Bulla scored the next five points to put Mount Vernon ahead 19-15 at the half. Carmi had to feel good about where they were at the half and came out in the second half looking to steal a game from the Wildcats. The Bulldogs scored the next five points to take back the lead 20-19 in the third period before the Lady Cats went on a 10-1 run to end the third period. The Cats took the 29-21 lead into the final period hoping to cruise to victory but Carmi would not go away quietly. Freshman Drew McNamara hit a basket and Ellen Foster a free throw to give Mount Vernon their biggest lead of the game 32-21 to open the fourth and final period in Monday’s contest. But Carmi would go on a 10-0 run to pull within one point 32-31 with just 14.6 left in the game. That is when Ellen Foster took control scoring the last four points to put the game away giving Mount Vernon their third win of the season 36-31.

Ellen Foster led the team in scoring on Monday with nine points while Cheyenne Strobel added seven for the Lady Cats. Drew McNamara, Stefanie Bulla, and Mara Canada all ended their night with six points in the Wildcat win. The Lady Cats ended their week in yet another battle. But this battle would not be one they would win. Mount Vernon went to Washington

on Saturday and got beat 69-53 in the ever important Big Eight Conference match up. The Wildcats now find themselves with an overall record of 3-5. They will be back in action on January 2 when they host Vincennes Rivet before heading to Boonville on January 4. Tip off for the January 2 game will be at 6 p.m.

Mount Vernon guard Erin Wolf passes the ball to a teammate in last Tuesday’s win at Carmi. Photo by Steve Kochersperger

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Wildcat wrestlers taste defeat for first time this year

Mount Vernon sophomore Tristin Choate gains the advantage over his Memorial opponent in Tuesdays matchup in Evansville. Photo by Steve Kochersperger By Steven Kochersperger The Mount Vernon wrestling team stormed out of the gate to win their first fifteen du-

els before entering this week’s matchup at Evansville Memorial. The Wildcats knew that this duel would be a tough one to win

as Memorial has had a history of beating Mount Vernon the past few seasons. Memorial came out with history on their side and took care of business handing Mount Vernon their first loss of the season at 43-11. The Junior Varsity wrestlers took care of business for Mount Vernon winning all three matches before the Varsity took the mat. The meet started with sophomore Zach Peerman getting pinned in the second period by his Memorial opponent and the home Tigers went up early 6-0. Tyler Dekemper and Kyle Lang both lost the next two matches and Mount Vernon found themselves in a hole 12-0 early on. But it was sophomore Tristin Choate that got Mount Vernon on the board letting themselves feel much better about where they are. Choate took on Jeremy Barnes of Memorial who was a semi-state qualifying wrestler last season. Choate beat Barnes with a final score of 7-3 getting Mount Vernon on the scoreboard 12-3. That momentum seemed to carry over as junior Austin Stallings in the 285 weight class. Stallings took his opponent to overtime and lost in the seventh period 3-2 in a very tough match. After Harley Gorman lost his match in his weight class, fellow freshman Paul Konrath took his undefeated record and placed in on the line. Konrath continues to be a force to be reckoned with as he beat his Tiger opponent by tech fall 19-6. This placed the total team score at 18-8 in favor of the home Tigers. The only other win by a Mount Vernon wrestler on the night was by Micah Keller. Keller is the back up for the 126 weight class and stepped in and got the win when it was

most needed. Keller won 4-2 after making a great comeback. Keller went down early in his match up and got a late reversal in the third period to gain the three points for the Wildcats. The 43-11 loss on Tuesday night ends the winning streak but does not put a hamper on the season for the Wildcats. The loss is not something that coach Tim Alcorn wants to dwell much on and hopes that each individual on his team will be able to learn from. “I sure hope we learn from it,” coach Alcorn said. “We were prepared, but they out executed us. They (Memorial) did what we wanted to do and they did it better than us. We had a lot of close matches, but had one big mistake in a lot of them. Our three winners had some very solid outings. Choate beats a returning semi-state Qualifier. I’ll say beat and not upset because we didn’t feel it was an upset. Paul Konrath was a workman like usual. He kept constant pressure and scored at will. He earned the Tech Fall (victory by 15+) with 0.5 seconds left meaning he dominated and just beat his opponent for five minutes & 55 seconds. Micah Keller won a tough match in overtime after falling behind and storming back. We are not going to dwell on the loss long. We are already looking ahead to Mater Dei Holiday Classic. There’s no time in our season to hang our heads. If we do that, we will get caught again. We have to learn from it and move on. “ That attitude is one that will continue Mount Vernon on the winning track. The Wildcats will be back in action this week as they travel to Evansville Mater Dei on Friday and Saturday to compete in the Holiday Classic.

Lady Vikings’ unselfishness ends in win over Panthers By Dave Pearce The North Posey girls’ basketball team experienced an intense week. They split in games with Evansville’s west side schools, beating Reitz at home and losing to Mater Dei in Evansville. But the girls, in both contests, showed just how far they have come. Despite two rough games, both mentally and physically, the girls came out ready to play and played very well. But early in the week, the Lady Reitz Panthers were unusually aggressive causing a usually calm Viking Coach Tracy Stroud to garner some attention from the men in stripes. Stroud received a warning for speaking his mind during a time when it appeared the Lady Panther of Reitz were having their way with his girls. The Lady Vikings jumped out to a 17-10 lead about midway through the second period but the Lady Panthers would get back

into the game by doing what the officials allowed them to do, roughhouse the Lady Vikings. The Lady Vikings must have had a spirited half-time talk as they took a 20-14 lead into the locker room and promptly scored the first eight points of the second half. Both offenses sputtered but the Vikings got to the line but could not hit. Finally, sophomore guard Kayla Sanford buried a 3-pointer at the 5:57 mark to expand the lead. Madison Worman was then fouled on a drive and finished off the old-fashioned 3-point play. On the ensuing Reitz possession, Worman came up with the steal and was fouled as she took the ball to the basket, making two more free throws. Suddenly, the Vikings were ahead 28-14. After the Panthers got on the board with a field goal. Hannah Harness came up with a

steal and pushed the ball ahead to Worman who scored easily. Emma Werry was then fouled on a drive and buried two free throws before a Haylee Harness steal and subsequent assist to Worman resulted in another old-fashioned 3-point play. Rachel Ungetheim then scored before another Reitz turnover resulted in Worman’s third 3-point play of the quarter. When the horn sounded to end the quarter, the Lady Vikings had outscored the Panthers 21-2 in the quarter to take a 41-16 lead into the final period. The outcome was never really in doubt but the Panthers had nothing to lose and

went aggressively after every loose ball and rebound, forcing Stroud to cry ‘foul.’ “On one end, things would get rough and they would call a jump ball and then on the other end, they would call a touch foul,” a frustrated Stroud said after the game. “Finally I had enough. We had to fight for the ball with our elbows up but they forced us into that position. It got frustrating there and I was just fighting for my girls.” And the girls responded, maintaining the 25-point lead throughout the remainder of the contest to claim a 56-31 win. Kelsey Owen got the Vikings going in the See WIN, Page B4

Lady Viking Kelsey Owen is overwhelmed by defenders as she receives a pass low in the blocks against Reitz. Phto by Dave Pearce

A BIG THANKS TO ROB AND LONNA BERRIDGE, who designed and the elves from FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH who constructed Santa’s gingerbread house for the Mount Vernon Christmas on Main Street activities, held at Hedges Community Center. Nearly 400 children took advantage of this wonderful opportunity to visit with Santa.


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Young Wildcats have trouble finding wins in early season By Steven Kochersperger The Mount Vernon Wildcats hoped that a pair of weekend games would help erase the bad taste left in their mouth from the loss last week at South Spencer. The boys opened the weekend with a tough matchup against the Memorial Tigers at home before hitting the road for the third game in the last four to take on the Patriots of Heritage Hills. That bad taste did not leave as the Cats continue to struggle in the early portion of the season, losing to Evansville Memorial in lopsided fashion 74-49 on Friday night. The Wildcats opened the game with a basket by senior Bryce Newman. Newman’s basket helped Mount Vernon go ahead 2-0 and would end up being the only lead the Cats would have against the Tigers at home. After the short lead Memorial went on a 9-0 run before Newman would score on a free throw attempt. The Cats struggled to get anything going in the first period as they ended the opening period scoring a total of seven points. The Tigers took a 23-7 lead into the second period firmly ahead and in control of the game. But the Wildcats did not roll over and outscored Memorial 10-4 in the opening minutes of the second period to get themselves within ten at 27-17. The Cats would draw fouls and hit from the charity stripe in the second period as they slowly chipped away at the Tiger lead. But when Wildcats sophomore Damon Collins hit a three pointer late in the second period the Wildcats trailed by six at 36-30 where it would remain at the half.

Getting the score to just six points was a huge boost for Mount Vernon and the Cats came out of the locker room in the third period with even more fire. The defense seemed to lock down on Memorial and the Wildcats had a couple big baskets by senior Colton Irvin and Levi Shannon to match the Tiger leads. But when Bryce Newman stepped up and hit an important three point basket the Cats found themselves feeling good just three points behind on the score board at 40-37. Memorial would go on a 9-3 run in the final minutes of the third period and opened their lead over the Wildcats to 49-40 going into the final period of play. That final period would be all Memorial as the home Wildcats only were able to score nine more total points. Memorial would stretch the lead and use the clock eventually gaining the advantage and game from Mount Vernon as they beat the Cats 74-49 to spoil the home opener. Bryce Newman led the Wildcats in scoring Friday night with 24 points while teammates Damon Collins added eight and Colton Irvin seven points to help the Cats. The very next night would not go any better for the Wildcats. The Cats traveled to Heritage Hills and once again lost in convincing fashion 83-44. The win helped the Patriots keep unbeaten on the season. The Wildcats now find themselves at 1-3 on the season, a record they feel they are better than. They will be back in action after Mount Vernon’s Colton Irvin could not get a clear shot at the bucket so he gets crethe Christmas break as they take on Washative in this week’s loss to Memorial. Photo by Steve Kochersperger ington at home on Friday January 3.


Lady Vikes play well at Mater Dei, don’t get win By Dave Pearce At Mater Dei on Thursday night, the North Posey girls continued to play well. But there are some games you know going in that the chances of you winning are slim. As two-time defending state champions with almost everyone back, the Vikings were an underdog but despite a somewhat lopsided score at the end, the game was a good basketball game. The Mater Dei Wildcats opened the game hitting the first two shots they put up, both 3-pointers and that helped open up the inside for 6-2 Tori Schickel. With Indiana University signee Maura Muensterman showing several facets of her game, particularly the assist facet, the Lady Wildcats were able to come out ahead. But it was not without a fight. Perhaps the Lady Viking effort was evident in the fact that Muensterman never went out of the game and Schickel went out only when she picked up her fourth foul fairly late in the game. The Lady Vikings, after falling behind 6-0 began edging their way back into the game as Haylee Harness hit two free throws, promptly answered by the Wildcats. The Lady Vikings fell behind 12-2 before Kesley Owen got an offensive rebound bucket inside the tall timber but Muensterman answered. Hannah Harness then scored on a drive before rebounding an errant shot on the defensive end and scoring after going coastto-coast. A Hannah Harness rebound basket pulled the Lady Vikings back to within 16-12 at the 1:06 mark before a pair of turnovers resulted in the Wildcats scoring the final four points of the quarter to lead 20-12 at the break. In the second period, the Lady Wildcats worked the high-low to perfection to begin the quarter and the closest the Vikings could get was 26-18 after Mater Dei had moved out to a 26-12 lead. Sanford found Ungetheim for two, Worman had a steal and lay-up and Hannah Harness had a rebound basket. The teams traded baskets the remainder of the half. The Vikings went to the locker room facing a 31-23 deficit. The Vikings continued to play good team basketball in the third period but the Wildcats opened the third quarter like the first, with a 3-point play. But Worman had a rebound bucket and Sanford’s 3-pointer pulled the


Sports Schedule THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26 Wrestling: Mount Vernon Junior Varsity at Mater Dei Invite 9 a.m. Girls’ Basketball: North Posey at Fairfield Merry Mule Holiday Tourney 2 p.m. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27 Wrestling: Mount Vernon and North Posey at Mater Dei Holiday Classic 11 a.m. Boys’ Basketball: North Posey at GBP Classic 3 p.m. Girls’ basketball: North Posey at Fairfield Merry Mule Holiday Tourney 5 p.m.

North Posey senior point guard Emma Werry looks for a rare hole in the Mater Dei defense to get the ball inside during the team’s loss to the two-time defending state champions on Thursday. The Lady Vikes play in Fairfield this week. Photo by Dave Pearce Vikings back to within 3428 but six points was as close as the Vikings could get. They ended the quarter on a turnover and lay-up by Mater Dei to face a 51-37 deficit heading into the final period.

Mater Dei was able to pull away in the final period as the Vikings were 0-for-6 from the free throw line in the period (and only 4-for13 for the game). The final buzzer sounded with Mater See Lady Vikes, Page B4

Harlem Wizards to come to Mount Vernon High School The Harlem Wizards are coming to Mount Vernon Senior High School gym on Friday, January 10 at 7 p.m. The evening promises to be a fun filled event that is great for kids and adults and will guarantee to put a smile on your face. This event is hosted by the Mount Vernon Band Boosters Inc., and proceeds will benefit the band programs at the Mount Vernon Junior and Senior High Schools. At the Wizards game,

fans of all ages will witness two hours of magical display of tricks, coordinated ball handling, fancy passing and aerodynamic athleticism combined with high-energy comedy and audience interaction. Tickets are $10 in advance and can be purchased at the Mount Vernon Senior High School Office and Dan’s Comp or online at On game night, January 10, tickets will be $12 at the door.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28 Wrestling: Mount Vernon and North Posey at Mater Dei Holiday Classic 10 a.m. Boys’ Basketball: North Posey at GBP Classic 3 p.m. Girls’ Basketball: North Posey at Fairfield Merry Mule Holiday Tourney 7 p.m.

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final period as she found teammate Rachel Ungetheim open underneath for an easy two before drawing two free throws off an offensive rebound pout-back attempt. The Lady Panthers got the lead under 20 when a technical was called on the Vikings on a rebounding foul. The Panthers cut the lead to 50-25 but that’s as close as the game would get as the Vikings matched the Panther offensive output the remainder of the way. “I thought we had some of the better team play that we have had,” Stroud said. “The girls are unselfish and we got the ball inside more but we are still having trouble converting in there. This team played Harrison to within four points and probably should have beaten them their last game so it’s not like we beat a team that was bad.” NORTH POSEY – 56 REITZ - 31

Dei leading 67-48. “Turnovers and free throws,” Stroud said after the Mater Dei game. “I told the girls that maybe it wasn’t the number of turnovers so much as it was they were at such critical times. Just when you are putting a run together and getting an opportunity to get back into the game and then make a silly turnover. When you are playing a team like this and it is a four-point game and you go down and get fouled and miss the free throw, it turns into a six or seven point game instead of a two or three point game. A six or seven point lead gives them breathing room but a


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two or three point lead takes away their breathing room.” “We were right there where we could put the pressure on several times and we would make a mistake,” Stroud said. Stroud said his team executed their game plan at Mater Dei just about as well as he could have asked them to. “When you play at team like them, you know you are going to have to give up some things but their role players stepped up and hit some shots,” Stroud said. “We had to pick our medicine. Many times, when Mater Dei scored, they scored because of our coaching plan. It wasn’t because they weren’t

playing them the way we told them to play them.” The Lady Vikings appear to be gaining confidence and experience heading into this week’s action at the Fairfield Mule Invitational. “We have no regrets about the way we played against Mater Dei,” Stroud said. “We had a solid team game and Rachel (Ungetheim) got inside and made some cuts. And Kelsey Owen turned her ankle in practice this week and we weren’t even sure she would be able to play tonight and I kept yelling at her about blocking out and she was just playing her heart out. She was giving up at least 50 pounds

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and six or seven inches.” The team is entering a stretch of their schedule that, if they continue to play as well as they have, will be able to pick up some wins. The Lady Vikings are 3-5. MATER DEI 67, NORTH POSEY 48 NORTH POSEY (3-5): Werry 0 0-0 0, Owen 2 0-0 4, Hannah Harness 5 3-5 13, Madison Worman 8 0-1 20, Hamman 0 0-0 0, Stanford 1 0-0 3, Hay. Harness 0 2-2 2, Ungentheim 3 0-5 6, Totals 19 5-13 48. MATER DEI (7-0): Bueltel 2 0-0 4, Spahn 0 0-0 0, Daunhauer 0 0-0 0, Hannah Ubel- hor 6 2-2 14, Maura Muensterman 8 2-3 20, Kelley 2 0-0 4, Schickel 8 3-4 19, Totals 28 7-9 67. North Posey 12 11 14 11—48 Mater Dei 20 11 20 16—67 3-point goals— North Posey 5 (Worman 4, Stanford); Mater Dei 4 (Muensterman 2, Spahn 2). Total fouls— North Posey 12, Mater Dei 13.


Werry, Emma 1 2-3 4 Owen, Kelsey 1 4-4 6 Harness, Hannah 3 6 Worman, Madison 4 9-11 18 Sanford, Kayla 3 8 Harness, Hayley 2 1-2 6 Ungetheim, Rachel 3 1-6 7 Hamman, Brooklyn 1-4 1 Hill, Celeste TOTALS 17 18-28 56 TOTALS FOULS: 13 3pt FG – Worman 1, Harness, Hayley 1, Sanford 2 Freshman: Reitz 33 – 28 JV: NP 32 – 17

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Accident causes serious injury A 48-year-old Indiana Department of Transportation employee was seriously injured on December 17 while working along SR 62 approximately 300’ west of Boehne Camp Road. According to Master Trooper Bob Helfrich, Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) was dumping a load of rock in the driving lane in order for a track hoe to pick up small amounts to place in the ditch adjacent

to the westbound lanes. INDOT had the driving lane closed to traffic. At approximately 11:45 a.m., a one-foot diameter rock rolled from the closed driving lane into the passing lane. A grain truck traveling west struck the rock with its tire. The rock bounced back toward the driving lane striking INDOT employee Michael Chasteen, 48, of Evansville. He was taken to Deaconess Hospital with a serious leg injury.

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PCEDP, Posey County Community Foundation provide residents a survey of community The population in Posey County is declining, especially in the 25 to 44 year old age group, which is a critical demographic for community growth, business vitality and economic development. With the ultimate goal of attracting young individuals and families to live and work in the county, the Posey County Economic Development Partnership (PCEDP), in conjunction with the Posey County Community Foundation, have commissioned the University of Southern Indiana to conduct a county-wide perception study to develop a deeper under-

standing of the key factors that drive residents’ decision making process in choosing where to work, live, and send their children to school. Posey County has a unique opportunity to transform potential into prosperity; prosperity which can entice younger generations to live in Posey County communities, encouraging innovation and ingenuity for employment advancement, and providing a secure atmosphere for homeownership. The process will begin with an online survey for all who work, live, and play in the county. The survey is brief

and should take no longer than five to 10 minutes and will be able to collect information that ranges from degrees of satisfaction with the county to why they chose where to live, as well as recommendations for improvement. In addition, there will be an effort made to reach out to those stakeholders who do not have access to internet. Through this process, many people will be able to share perceptions that can assist in the process to make Posey County a thriving place to live and work. There is much to offer families currently; how-

ever, there is a resounding need to apply effective leadership, commitment, and creativity to alleviate the brain drain and slow deterioration of the Posey County communities. Participation in this survey is completely voluntary and all responses will be kept completely confidential and reported only in summary form. You may quit the survey at any time without penalty. Go to http:// posey.htm to take the survey. If you have any questions regarding this study, please contact 812.838.3639 or 812.838.6500.

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United Way campaign helped by all of Posey County Pat Beckgerd, chairman of the 2013 United Way of Posey County campaign, announced today that the campaign drive has raised 91 percent of the $670,000 goal. She said “We have reached 91 percent of the goal because of the generosity of the Posey County community. A successful campaign means being able to have services available when the community needs them. Remember that contributions stay in our community to provide those services, and please contribute to make a difference in our community. The campaign is finishing up all over the County now in workplaces and homes. Please participate in helping to make these services available to all of our community. This is part of being a strong community to live in for all of us and our families.” United Way of Posey County agencies receiving funds this year are: Albion Fellows Bacon Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boy Scouts of America Buffalo Trace Council, Catholic Charities, Children’s Learning Center, Christian Church Day Care Center, Community Emergency Assistance, ECHO Community Health Care, Family Matters, Homeless Shelter of Mt. Vernon, Indiana Legal Services, Lampion Center, New Harmony Ministry Association, Posey County Council on Aging, Posey County Red Cross, Posey County Rehabilitation Services, Rehabilitation Center, Salvation Army, Visiting Nurse Association of Southwestern Indiana, WNIN Radio Reading Program, and Willow Tree of Posey County. Contributions also help to fund United Way programs such as the local Gifts In Kind program and Information and Referral Assistance, 2-1-1,

which is the easy-to-remember telephone number for access to information about resources and assistance in Posey County, and the prescription drug discount program. Beckgerd added “This year there is another important reason to participate – the grant that is available for only this campaign.” Matching funds of $63,927 are required to be raised in the United Way campaign of this fall. New or non-participating businesses and individuals will have their contributions of $100 or more matched in full. Businesses and individuals already participating will have any increase of $100 to $499 matched at 50 percent and any contribution of $500 or more matched in full. First-time Leadership Givers ($300 or more) will have the entire contribution matched. New contributions or increases in company matching programs of at least 50% will be matched in full, for gifts of $100 or more. Matching funds raised in the Posey County United Way campaign will be used to claim the grant funds. Grant funds will be received early next year and used to help the Children’s Learning Center of Posey County attain Paths to Quality Levels 3 and 4, for the MSD of Mount Vernon to have the services of a social worker to help experience a decrease in alcohol and drug use among students and a reduction in suspension and expulsion, for the Medical Needs Committee working with ECHO Community Health Care to provide affordable dental care for the Posey County Community, and for the MSD of North Posey to continue the services of a school resource officer to maintain a safer school environment.

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LEGALS/GENERAL Court News Arrests December 12 Krishawn Harvey— Evansville—Warrant, Attempted Burglary, Criminal Mischief—PCS December 14 Nicholas Gentry— Mount Vernon—Driving While Suspended— MVPD Bryan Dowler—Mount Vernon—Operating a Vehicle with an Alcohol Concentration Equivalent of .15% or More—MVPD Complaints December 5 7:24 p.m.—Accident—1 vehicle accident. Chevy, tan pickup. Wife has a cut on her head. Is conscious and breathing— I 64, Griffin 7:42 p.m.—Accident— Semi tractor, unknown injuries—I 64, Griffin December 6 12:10 a.m.—Vandalism—Caller advised someone had knocked his mailbox down—Hwy 62 W, Mount Vernon 1:08 p.m.—Theft—a man stating he was (name) from Evansville has called the caller stating he found her dog in the Oliver area and he took it to the vet in Fort Branch. The dog had a chip and the man is stating to the caller that he wants the amount he paid at the vet in order for the owner to get her dog back. Caller stated she reported her dog missing on the 4th of this month and if the man found her dog why didn’t he call Posey County stating he found it, and taking it to the vet was on his own account, not the owner of the dog. She wants her dog back and would like to speak with a deputy—Blackburn Road, Mount Vernon 5:51 p.m.—Traffic Hazard—Advised semi truck in roadway in front of her residence. Driver is walking around asking people for a ride to town—Mackey Ferry Road, Mount Vernon 6:03 p.m.—Parking Problem—Advised truck parked blocking his driveway. Caller advised his wife is pregnant and due any time. Is having contractions. Advised caller would get someone there as soon as possible. He advised he would move the truck if he had to—Denzer Road, Evansville 6:48 p.m.—Accident— Advised someone came around corner and hit caller’s vehicle. Caller is in a Chevy truck. Other vehicle still there slid off into a field—Rexing Road,

Wadesville 9:23 p.m.—Reckless— Red, soft top Wrangler driving recklessly. Almost caused the caller to wreck—Hwy 62, Evansville 11:23 p.m.—Alarm— Front door—Elk Trail Drive, Evansville December 7 3:23 a.m.—Welfare Check—Advised there is a white van on the side of the road with several people standing outside the vehicle—I 64, Poseyville 11:09 a.m.—Assault— Deputy out with subject on side of road on Hwy 62 near Indiana Mounds. Caller states that a male subject has taken caller’s mother’s vehicle to Vanderburgh County. 2009 yellow Aveo, taken approximately 2-3 minutes ago. He was trying to assault her and she said she jumped out and he took the vehicle. States she does not need medical attention. Deputy called in and advised that the subject let the male subject drive the car, no theft occurred but the assault did occur in the city limits— Hwy 62, Mount Vernon December 8 4:13 a.m.—Domestic— Verbal dispute. No weapons—Princeton Street, Wadesville 8:02 a.m.—Motorist Assist—Out with a slideoff—Hwy 69, Mount Vernon 8:48 a.m.—Motorist Assist—Out with slideoff. Black Pontiac Grand A.m.—Hwy 69, Mount Vernon 10:52 a.m.—Family Fight—17 year-old son just messaged caller saying his father grabbed him and shoved him into a wall—French Road, Mount Vernon 11:43 a.m.—Disturbance—Husband is intoxicated, causing problems. Has left in caller’s truck and came back. Male subject is at the residence now—Old Beech Road, New Harmony 1:14 p.m.—Welfare Check—Requesting children be checked on. Called out there and the father will not let her talk to the children. Caller has 2 children—Lower Mt. Vernon Road, Evansville December 9 6:27 a.m.—Accident— White county transferred call to Posey. Male subject advised 2 vehicle accident on the bridge. No injuries. One vehicle severely damaged. Is in the roadway— Wabash Bridge, Mount Vernon

8:07 a.m.—Welfare Check—40 year-old male didn’t show up for work. Subject can see him in the window but he is not responding or coming to the door. Called back, stated male subject has gotten up but still not answering door. Does not know if he is injured—Bald Knob Road, Mount Vernon 3:12 p.m.—Accident—2 vehicles, no injuries—Posey County Line Road, Evansville 7:54 p.m.—Accident— Chevy Blazer, tan, flipped over in ditch. Caller cannot get out. Does not know if she is injured. Caller was very hysterical—Caborn Road, Mount Vernon 10:55 p.m.—ATV— Multiple 4-wheelers on property, tearing the ground up. Requesting officers—Lower Mt. Vernon Road, Evansville 11:24 p.m.—Accident—Advised witnessed a car run off the road, down a deep ditch or ravine. Caller did not stop— I 64, Poseyville 11:45 p.m.—Welfare Check—Has tried to call sister for the last 2 hours. Cannot get through. Requesting an officer check on her. Advised son has control on her phone and heater, not sure if this is why she is not answering—Main, Poseyville Superior Court Felony/Misdemeanor John R. Bradley, 45, Mount Vernon. Theft, Class D Felony. Dismissed. Natalie B. Carlino, 36, Mount Vernon. False Informing, Class B Misdemeanor. $1 plus costs. 30 days Posey County Jail. Natalie B. Carlino, 36, Mount Vernon. Ct. 1- Strangulation, Class D Felony; Ct. 2- Battery Resulting in Bodily Injury, Class A Misdemeanor. Fine and costs are waived. 30 days Posey County Jail. Rondre Casanova Cook, 24, Mount Vernon. Operating a Vehicle as an Habitual Traffic Violator, Class D Felony. $1 plus costs, driver’s license suspended for 5 years. 12 months Posey County Jail. Kyle Emerson, 23, Mount Vernon. Conversion, Class A Misdemeanor. $1 plus costs, do not go in or around all CVS stores, 12 months probation and fees, 32 hours public service. 12 months probation and fees. Karen M. Gendren, 48, Princeton. Ct. 1- Dealing in Marijuana, Class D Felony; Ct. 2- Possession of Marijuana, Class D Felony; Ct. 3- Possession of Paraphernalia, Class A Misdemeanor. Ct. 1 is dismissed. $1 plus costs,

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counseling, 18 months probation and fees. Ct. 2- 18 months Indiana Department of Corrections; Ct. 3- 12 months Posey County Jail, suspended. William B. Gendren III, 48, Princeton. Ct. 1- Dealing in Marijuana, Class D Felony; Ct. 2- Possession of Marijuana, Class D Felony; Ct. 3- Possession of Paraphernalia, Class A Misdemeanor. Dismissed. Robert E. Gough, 41, Evansville. Ct. 1,2,3,4Theft, Class D Felony. Amended to Conversion, Class A Misdemeanor. $1 plus costs, restitution to Jaguar Oil Company in the amount of $752.10, no contact with Jaguar Oil Company, 2 years probation and fees, 32 hours public service. 12 months Posey County Jail, suspended. Richard Wesley Hanmore, 40, Mount Vernon. Ct. 1- Dealing in Methamphetamine, Class A Felony; Ct. 2- Possession of Chemical Reagents or Precursors with Intent to Manufacture a Controlled Substance, Class D Felony; Ct. 3- Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Class D Felony; Ct. 4- Dealing in Methamphetamine, Class A Felony; Ct. 5Possession of Chemical Reagents with Intent to Manufacture a Controlled Substance, Class C Felony; Ct. 6- Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Class D Felony. Ct. 1- amended to Class B Felony; Ct. 2 amended to Class C Felony. Ct. 4,5,6 dismissed. $1 plus costs. Ct. 1- 11 years Indiana Department of Corrections; Ct. 2- 4 years Indiana Department of Corrections; Ct. 3- 2 years Indiana Department of Corrections. Jesse A. Heckman, 29, Mount Vernon. Ct. 1Possession of Marijuana, Class A Misdemeanor; Ct. 2- Possession of Paraphernalia, Class A Misdemeanor. Petition to Revoke. Pay past due fees. Probation is terminated. Jesse Anthony Heckman, 29, Mount Vernon. Ct. 1- Neglect of a Dependant, Class D Felony; Ct. 2- Operating a Vehicle as an Habitual Traffic Violator, Class D Felony; Ct. 3- Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Class A Misdemeanor; Ct. 4Operating a Vehicle with an Alcohol Concentration Equivalent of .08% or More, Class C Misdemeanor. Ct. 4 is dismissed. $1 plus costs, $200 countermeasure fee, counseling, driver’s license suspended 10 years, 3 years probation and fees. 2 years Indiana Department of Corrections, suspended to Community Corrections Program. Ricky R. House, 39, Poseyville. Ct. 1- Posses-

sion of Marijuana, Class D Felony; Ct. 2- Possession of Paraphernalia, Class D Felony. Petition to Revoke. Probation is terminated. Andrew J. Howe, 34, Evansville. Domestic Battery, Class D Felony. Judgment of Conviction entered as a Class A Misdemeanor. $1 plus costs, no contact with Shalena Barnes, do not go on or around property of Shalena Barnes, counseling, 32 hours public service. 12 months probation and fees. Kenneth Hyatt, Jr., 54, Mount Vernon. Battery Resulting in Bodily Injury, Class A Misdemeanor. $1 plus costs, no contact with Dennis Hogan, do not go in or around KoodieHoo’s, 24 hours public service. 6 months Posey County Jail, suspended. Misty S. Kimmel, 35, Mount Vernon. Ct. 1, 2Theft, Class D Felony. Judgment of Conviction entered as a Class A Misdemeanor. $1 plus costs, counseling, 1 year probation and fees. 1 year Posey County Jail, suspended. Aaron Christopher King, 25, Evansville. Ct. 1- Burglary While Armed with a Deadly Weapon, Class B Felony; Ct. 2Theft, Class D Felony; Ct. 3- Criminal Mischief, Class D Felony. Ct. 1 is amended to Class C Felony. $1 plus costs, no contact with John Keith Puckett, restitution to John Keith Puckett in the amount of $3,269.31, 4 years probation and fees. Ct. 1- 4 years Indiana Department of Corrections; Ct. 2, 3- 2 years Indiana Department of Corrections, suspended to first 2 years on house arrests, balance to probation. Timothy M. King, 39, Cynthiana. Ct. 1- Attempted Theft, Class D Felony; Ct. 2- Theft, Class D Felony. Ct. 1 is dismissed. Fine and costs are waived, restitution to Poseyville Package Store in the amount of $20. 6 months Posey County Jail. Josilyn Gail Davis Krouse, 20, Mount Vernon. Ct. 1- Battery Resulting in Bodily Injury, Class A Misdemeanor; Ct. 2Criminal Mischief, Class B Misdemeanor. Petition to Revoke. Probation is terminated. Josilyn Gail Davis Krouse, 20, Mount Vernon. Pointing a Firearm, Class D Felony. $1 plus costs, counseling, 12 months probation and fees. 18 months Indiana Department of Corrections, all suspended except 60 days. Delmar H. Lemon, Jr., 31, Mount Vernon. Ct. 1Domestic Battery, Class A Misdemeanor; Ct. 2Interference with the Re-

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2013-172 POSEY COUNTY DRAINAGE BOARD NOTICE TO BIDDERS Notice is hereby given that the undersigned Drainage Board of Posey County, IN will receive sealed bids at the Posey County Auditor’s Office in the Coliseum Building, 126 East Third Street, Mt. Vernon, IN up to the hour of 8:00a.m. local time on January 7th, 2014. Letting date will be January 7th, 2014 for the following bid. The Posey County Drainage Board wishes to secure a schedule of rates for Labor and the use of Spraying and/or Mowing and/or Excavating Equipment that may be used for the maintenance of Posey County regulated drains. Bidders should provide a list that indicates the brand name, model and type of the piece of equipment and the hourly and I or daily cost. The amount should include all operating (fuel, oil, tires, taxes, license, spray, etc.) costs as well as cost of the manpower required to operate the piece. Any cost of equipment or manpower required to transport to the work site shall receive prior approval from the owner. The proposal (as required by Indiana Statute) must have a maximum amount. The maximum amount will be 5,000 equipment and/or man hours (625 equipment and/or man days). The bidder shall show proof of insurance coverage. Contractors Public Liability $300,000/$500,000 Contractors Protective Automotive Liability (Owner Equipment) $300,000/$500,000 Automotive Liability (Non-Owner Equipment) $300,000/$500,000 Pursuant to the provisions of IC-5-10-7-1 establishing prevailing wage rate is to be paid. The Posey Drainage Board will provide schedules and other information as it becomes available. The proposal will be prepared using the latest information available should the rate increase the proposed rates by the amount of the increase. Copies of the current schedule are available at the Posey County Auditor’s Office. No bid security or performance security shall be required for items proposed in this notice. The tenure of this proposal shall begin January 7th, 2014 and end January 7th, 2015. The Posey County Drainage Board reserves the right to reject any part or all bids and waive any informalities in bidding. Approved by the POSEY COUNTY DRAINAGE BOARD SCOTT BECKER, PRESIDENT TIM HOENERT, MEMBER MATT SCHENK, MEMBER DALE KOESTER, MEMBER JERRY WALDEN, COMMISSIONER I MEMBER

2013-175 LEGAL NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that application has been made for the rezoning of certain real estate lying in Robb Township, Posey County, Indiana, to make changes in the Zoning Map and Zoning Ordinance of Posey County, Indiana, pursuant to The Zoning Ordinance of the City of Mount Vernon, the Town of Cynthiana, the Town of Poseyville, and Unincorporated Posey County for the following described real estate: Rezoning: DOCKET NO: APPLICANT: OWNER: PREMISES:

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13-08-RE-APC David P. & Jane L. Reising Marjorie Harper Pt of the SE/4 of Section 7 Township 4 South, Range 12 West, Posey County, Indiana, lying Robb Township, containing 3.00 acres, more or less. More commonly known as 10100 Hwy 165, Poseyville, IN (Complete legal description is on file at the Posey County Area Plan Commission Office). Petition to rezone property from A (agricultural) Zoning District to B-3 (Commercial High Intensity) Zoning District. The petition and other information concerning the proposed rezoning are on file in the Area Plan Commission Office, second floor of the Coliseum Building, Mt. Vernon, Indiana. The petition has been set for public hearing before the Area Plan Commission on January 9, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hovey House at 330 Walnut Street, Mt. Vernon, Indiana. Written objections to the proposal that is filed with the Executive Director of the Area Plan Commission before the hearing will be considered. Oral comments concerning the proposal will be heard at the hearing. The hearing may be continued from time to time as may be found necessary.

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porting of a Crime, Class A Misdemeanor. Ct. 1 amended to Battery, Class A Misdemeanor. Fine and costs are waived, counseling, 1 year probation and fees, 32 hours public service. 1 year Posey County Jail, suspended. Justin Caleb Lisanby, 31, Mount Vernon. Ct. 1Operating a Vehicle with an Alcohol Concentration Equivalent of .15% or More, Class A Misdemeanor; Ct. 2- Driving While Suspended, Class A Misdemeanor. Petition to Revoke. Probation is terminated. 6 months Posey County Jail. Patrick Reynolds, 19, Mount Vernon. Ct. 1- Battery Resulting in Bodily Injury, Class D Felony; Ct. 2- Public Intoxication, Class B Misdemeanor; Ct. 3- Illegal Consumption of an Alcoholic Beverage, Class C Misdemeanor; Ct. 4- Disorderly Conduct, Class B Misdemeanor. Ct. 2 and 4 are dismissed. $1 plus costs, restitution to Blake DiMaggio for medical expenses, counseling, 6 months probation and fees, 100 hours public service. Ct. 1- 6 months Posey County Jail; Ct. 2- 60 days Posey County Jail, suspended. Shawn P. Riordan, 24, New Harmony. Ct. 1, 2, 3- Receiving Stolen Property, Class D Felony. $1 plus costs, do not go on or around property of Lonnie Eagleson, restitution to Lonnie Eagleson in the amount of $796.65, 1 year probation and fees. 1 year Posey County Jail, suspended. Brandon Joseph Robinson, 25, Mount Vernon. Ct. 1- Possession of Methamphetamine, Class D Felony; Ct. 2- Possession of a Controlled Substance, Class D Felony; Ct. 3- Possession of a Controlled Substance, Class D Felony; Ct. 4- Possession of Paraphernalia, Class A Misdemeanor. Petition to Revoke. Probation is terminated. Brandon Joseph Robinson, 25, Mount Vernon. Ct. 1- Possession of a Controlled Substance, Class D Felony; Ct. 2- Invasion of Privacy, Class A Misdemeanor. Petition to Revoke. Probation is terminated. 60 days Posey County Jail. Brandon Joseph Robinson, 25, Mount Vernon. Domestic Battery, Class A Misdemeanor. Petition to Revoke. Probation is terminated. Amanda M. Shockley, 30, Mount Vernon. Ct. 1- Dealing in a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Class A Felony; Ct. 2Dealing in Methamphetamine, Class A Felony; Ct. 3- Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Class D Felony. Ct. 1, 2 amended to Class B Felony. Ct. 3 is dismissed. $1 plus costs, $200 countermeasure fee, restitution to Posey County Narcotics Unit in the amount of $50, 4 years probation and fees. 10 years Indiana Department of Corrections, suspended to Community Corrections for 6 years, balance to probation. Kunta Desion Steward, 35, Mount Vernon. Possession of Marijuana, Class D Felony. Amended to Class A Misdemeanor. $1 plus costs, counseling, 32 hours public service. 6 months Posey County Jail, suspended. Kunta Desion Steward, 35, Mount Vernon. Battery Resulting in Bodily Injury, Class A Misdemeanor. $1 plus costs, counseling, 6 months probation and fees. 6 months Posey County Jail, suspended. Donald L. Weir, 66, Evansville. Ct. 1- Burglary, Class B Felony; Ct. 2- Receiving Stolen Property, Class D Felony. Petition to Revoke. Restitution order remains in effect, probation terminated. Civil Judgment entered in the amount of $3,947.55.


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